ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Strategic Indigenous Awareness: To Understand Our Present, We Must Understand Our Past

Event date: 
25 October 2018
Event time: 
ACTCOSS meeting room, 1/6 Gritten Street, Weston ACT 2611

Presented by Grant Sarra of Grant Sarra Consultancy

Grant Sarra will present this interactive program. Grant is a Bunda man with a 36-year background and experience working in areas that deal exclusively with Indigenous community problems, issues and aspirations relevant to public and private sector projects across Australia. He is a prolific trainer and speaker on Indigenous issues with proven track record for driving cultural change that builds organisational effectiveness, efficiency and capacity to deliver culturally appropriate change.

The program provides participants with an opportunity to walk briefly in the shoes of Aboriginal Australians. It provides a generic overview of Aboriginal culture and history and aims to develop a greater appreciation understanding of modern-day cross cultural problems, issues and challenges that impact upon individuals working in organisations/companies across Australia.

At the completion of the program participants will have developed a greater appreciation and understanding of:

  1. Aboriginal history, beliefs, culture, society, law, customs, values and practices and obligations associated with the land, people and environment;
  2. Problems, issues, challenges and aspirations of Aboriginal Australians;
  3. The importance and value of human diversity in modern Australian workplaces and society in general;
  4. Cultural and structural barriers that inhibit effective communication, relationships and engagement at local project levels and within a human resource management context;
  5. Culturally respectful methods that enhance effective communication, relationships within organisations and engagement at local project levels and within a human resource management context;
  6. How to maximise performance and productivity (in a domestic and global context) through effective engagement with Aboriginal people; and
  7. Negative personal and business impact and cost of racism, discrimination and prejudicial and stereotypical attitudes and behaviors in the workplace.

Participants will be provided with the PowerPoint presentation for internal distribution.

No prerequisites needed.

NB: Participants must attend the full day.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

Terms and Conditions: Bookings are essential. Please register early as places are limited. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so we can offer your place to others on our waiting list. It is ACTCOSS policy to reduce or waive fees for consumer representatives or people experiencing disadvantage; please ask your workshop contact person for assistance. Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the workshop will incur a full charge.

This event is a partnership supported by ACTCOSS and the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, ACT Government.

Event details
Event cost: 
ACTCOSS Member $270, Non-Member $300, Government/Corporate $330. (Too much for you or your organisation? Please contact us and we will do our best to offer support to participate.)
Event contacts
Contact name: 
Lyn Peacock
02 6202 7200
ACTCOSS meeting room, 1/6 Gritten Street
WestonAustralian Capital Territory 2611