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Reconciliation Week promotes positive change

First Nation Engineering is a proud supporter of National Reconciliation Week – when all Australians can learn more about Indigenous history and achievements. 

It is held every year on the same dates – May 27 to June 3 – commemorating the anniversary of the 1967 referendum when the Australian Constitution was changed to end discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the 1992 Mabo decision, which recognised native title. 

While much has been achieved by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the journey of recognition and reconciliation has only just begun – with more to be done to improve lives and share positive stories of culture, country and success. 

The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is Be a Voice for Generations. 

Reconciliation Australia says the theme encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise and to “act today for a more just equitable and reconciled country for all”. 

Positive outcomes through business opportunities can help to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

First Nation Engineering – an incorporated private company established by the Carey Group and CPC Engineering – was formed to deliver social and economic benefits across Indigenous health, culture, and community safety. 

FNE chairman Daniel Tucker, a Wongatha/Mirning man from the Goldfields in WA, believes that creating sustainable businesses that support and promote Indigenous enterprises and communities is the best way to deliver meaningful change. 

He has achieved this with Carey Group, the largest 100 percent First Nation-owned commercial enterprise in Australia and is working with FNE director and CPC Engineering Chief Executive Officer Glen Weir, to deliver the same results with FNE. 

Mr Tucker said: “My vision has always been to create sustainable business opportunities to share the wealth of the land with Aboriginal people, elevating Aboriginal businesses and creating further opportunities for Aboriginal people in mining.” 

Mr Weir said: “FNE is an excellent way for Carey and CPC Engineering to continue to support Indigenous businesses and communities.” 

Reconciliation Week provides the opportunity to consider what every Australian can do to improve the lives of Indigenous people, but that should be the focus for every week, Mr Tucker and Mr Weir said. 

Reconciliation Week this year comes at a pivotal time, as the nation considers changing the Constitution by referendum to include an Indigenous voice to parliament. 

FNE supports the Voice but we encourage all Australians to do their own research and decide for themselves.     

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