The visits in January recognised the connection Traditional Owner groups have with the lands on which we operate in the Pilbara and allowed for open engagement. The team reiterated Holcim’s dedication to supporting and working with our Traditional Owner partners.
“By being transparent and sharing information, especially when it comes to our projects and operations, we hope to build synergies that create employment and education opportunities for Traditional Owner partner members” James said.
The visits also allowed Holcim representatives to highlight their commitment to building awareness and reconciliation with the launch of Holcim’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on 15 February. The Traditional Owner groups were delighted to hear that Holcim was making this first step and offered to help further the plan’s implementation if required. “The RAP is an opportunity for us to build on the great work we have done already across the country and continue real action to break down barriers, prejudice and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Sam said.
“The theme of the 2021 National Reconciliation Week – ‘More than a word: Reconciliation takes action’ – really resonated with me. I am proud to be part of the working group that has made our RAP a reality and can see great things happening in this space in the future,” Katie explained.
Holcim’s Western Australia team looks forward to making lasting relationships with our Traditional Owner partners in 2022 and beyond.