Did you know that there are 400 million indigenous peoples worldwide, including aboriginals, according to United Nations statistics?
Through legislation passed in 2013, Australia formally recognized the aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original settlers of the country. However, even with this declaration, the Australian Human Rights Commission reports increased racist hatred, including cyber-racism, against indigenous peoples.
To raise awareness and understanding around discrimination against indigenous peoples, the Run for Reconciliation was born. The run is an opportunity for both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to run and walk together, promoting reconciliation and create new ways for aboriginal and non-aboriginal Australia to forge a better future together.
This year, Newmont was a proud sponsor of the event, given its importance in the community and the shared goal of inclusiveness. Beyond sponsorship, Newmont also sent a team of 80 staff and family members from our Australian operations and the regional office to participate in the event as volunteers and runners, alongside the run’s 50,000 participants.
This year’s Run for Reconciliation event was held in conjunction with the City to Surf Race in Perth and featured a diverse display of Australian culture through music, dance and clothing.
Newmont continues its efforts to encourage cultural integration through various projects and programs in Australia. In 2014, the company launched the Cultural Awareness Initiative, which includes sessions facilitated by a local indigenous consultant and focuses on expanding awareness and cultural understanding of the aboriginal community among employees at our regional office.
Elsewhere in Australia, our Tanami Indigenous Training and Familiarization Program (ITFP) offers full-time jobs to indigenous peoples who successfully complete a practical three-month skills-training program. In addition, we also partnered with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) in 2014 on a unique mentoring program to help 70 indigenous high school students to graduate and continue their educational journey.
To read more about our work with communities in Australia, visit our Asia Pacific sustainability report.