On Monday, in recognition of NAIDOC Week, BHP in Western Australia became the first signatory to support the This Is Our Dream statement.
This is Our Dream was recently launched by Nyiyaparli elder and Chair of Kalka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation Bradley Hall and Martu elder and chair of Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation, Melvin Farmer. The statement is an invitation to all people, communities, organisations and government to walk forward in a new way acknowledging Nyiyaparli and Martu land, culture, language and law. This new journey is one of mutual respect, inclusive decision-making and increased access to opportunities.
As a signatory to This is Our Dream, BHP outlined its current commitments:
- Newman Futures and ‘Home in East Newman Revitalisation’ funder
- Donation of 3 properties to Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation to build a Martu School Hostel
- $736, 000 to Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service
- Over $1,000,000 of funding into medical and on-country support through Covid-19 response
Every person, street, community and organisation in Newman is invited to join the This is Our Dream “Gujungka-Warta” movement – growing together.
If your business or organisation is interested to learn more or get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Bourgoin, General Manager Newman Operations at BHP making the exciting announcement during Newman’s NAIDOC Week Celebrations.