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Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2020

By November 9, 2020 August 2nd, 2021 No Comments

Unity Housing is proud to participate in NAIDOC week – we recognise that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.

Unity Housing celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples and pays our respects to the Traditional Owners of the land, and to Elders past and present.

Unity Housing provides secure and affordable housing for more than 550 people from ATSI backgrounds. We remain committed to continuous improvement to ensure that we provide housing services that are culturally appropriate and accessible, and to strengthen our engagement with ATSI tenants and their communities.

This year we have commenced the process, with the support of Reconciliation Australia, to develop and implement Unity Housing’s ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan by June 2021. Key staff have undertaken related training and all staff have engaged in a process of education, reflection and discussion regarding reconciliation as a part of our regular staff events.

Unity Housing supports and engages with the broader ATSI communities in a range of ways, through ongoing initiatives such as an annual sponsorship of the Kaurna Sports Committee’s football and netball teams in the South Australian Aboriginal Football and Netball Sports Carnival; sponsorship of the Gawler Reconciliation Community Fun Day; membership of Friends of Reconciliation SA; staff activities held during National Reconciliation Week (conducted remotely this year due to COVID-19 restrictions); and ongoing cultural awareness training for staff.