You appreciate the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, the impact of privilege on creating a gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and you’ve discovered the seven practical steps you can take to make a difference.
And if you have done any of the above, it’s likely you also share our vision of a kinder and more inclusive Australia.
Research shows that diversity and inclusion is not only a noble aspiration, the business case is stronger than ever. For example, this recent report from the McKinsey Institute found the most diverse companies outperform their less diverse peers on profitability.
Sadly, the report also shows a growing divide between those that are succeeding in meeting diversity targets and those that are slipping behind and that overall, progress is slow. This lack of progress has very real implications. In recent months we’ve seen firsthand how poor community outreach can have devastating results, with outbreaks of COVID-19 in Aboriginal communities.
There’s a great expression ascribed to Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, which goes: “Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is a choice.”
But often people get stuck with what to do next. How do you transform that choice, that desire to create a diverse and inclusive culture, into tangible outcomes and measurable change?
The answer lies in the seventh step of our tried-and-tested Practical Reconciliation framework, which is to become an Ally.
WHAT’S AN ALLY?
An Ally is someone who supports, empowers or stands up for another person or group of people.
Through their actions, an Ally can effectively change attitudes, behaviours, policies and practices that impact marginalised groups.
Evolve’s co-Director, Carla Rogers, explains more in this video recorded earlier this year as part of our Actions for Allies on Australia Day series: