On Thursday 22nd April 2021, ISEC had the privilege of participating in a Cultural Awareness workshop hosted by Bullroarers Australia. The first step in our Indigenous Engagement Strategy, the day was held in the beautiful Australian Botanic Gardens in Mount Annan or Yandel’ora – the name given to Mount Annan by the Dharawal people meaning “place of peace between peoples’.
Some of ISEC’s senior management had the honour of experiencing a Welcome To Country and Smoking Ceremony conducted by Aboriginal Elder Uncle Ivan Wellington. The day continued with Bullroarers Australia’s Co-Founder and Director Neal McGarrity and Chief Cultural Ambassador Edwin James Mi Mi sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community insights, customs & protocols, cultural nuances and historical perspectives. We were also treated to some delicious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food and embraced all the day’s activities including songs, dance, arts and culture.
Led by our CEO Tony Daou, ISEC has always had a genuine intention and commitment to developing meaningful relationships with Australia’s First Peoples and understanding their community and culture. We would like to thank Bullroarers Australia for facilitating our learning and helping increase our awareness of the key factors which impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interactions.