Scientell’s support for Indigenous engagement
As noted in July, the Scientell team strongly supported the Yes vote for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Along with so many others, we were upset and disappointed in (although, based on the media reporting, not surprised by) the negative result.
However, Australia’s rejection of the referendum doesn’t mean we will stop considering how to better engage with First Nations people about issues that are important to them in our work. As a science communication company operating in Australia, Scientell recognises the need to take meaningful steps towards advancing reconciliation.
We plan to work with Reconciliation Australia to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan for our business. In doing so, we hope to increase engagement with, and outcomes for, First Nations people by working with Indigenous consulting companies.
On our website, we acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. This acknowledgement notes that we respect their scientific knowledge and cultural traditions as the oldest living culture in the world. We acknowledge First Peoples’ deep connection with Country and community, and pay respect to their Elders past and present. We will add this acknowledgement to future Scientell documents and newsletters, and discuss with our clients ways to ensure similar acknowledgement in products we develop with them.
As noted in our blog before the referendum, we understand the critical role of effective communication in fostering understanding and enabling inclusive decision-making.
These small steps represent the beginning of a longer and committed journey towards achieving Scientell’s reconciliation goals. We hope it contributes to advancing reconciliation in Australia more broadly, building trust with First Nations communities and promoting a more inclusive and culturally enriched society.
November 29, 2023