(By Tara Cosoleto – Crikey News – May 23, 2022) – Indigenous Australians hold less than one per cent of senior leadership roles across the nation’s largest employers, an Australian-first report has found.
The Indigenous Employment Index, released by the Minderoo Foundation on Tuesday, found just 0.7 per cent of the 42 surveyed organisations have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people in management positions.
“It wasn’t a surprising finding,” Generation One director and Nyoongar woman Shelley Cable told AAP. “But it absolutely does not reflect the leadership capacity and capability of our people.
“Employers and organisations broadly are missing out by not having Indigenous Australians around their leadership tables. Indigenous leadership can completely transform the culture of a workplace.”
The report, which surveyed organisations employing more than 700,000 people in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, found the average Indigenous employment rate was 2.2 per cent.
With a parity target of 3.3 per cent, Ms Cable said the figure was promising but still left room for improvement.
“What we need to achieve parity and proportional representation in a workplace is very much on the way,” she said. “There is quite a range between the employers, from 0.17 per cent right up to 10.9 per cent.
“The fact that these employers participated voluntarily in this inaugural index shows they all had quite a genuine commitment to Indigenous employment parity.”
However more than half of Indigenous people reported experiences of direct or indirect racism while at work (55 per cent).
Some said they lacked confidence in reporting racism because they feared repercussions or their employer would not acknowledge their experience.
“Racism is still alive and well in Australian society and therefore also in Australian workplaces,” Ms Cable said. “It’s not unique to the 42 employers.
“It’s clearly a very big issue that the industry as a whole needs to take some serious steps to address.”
Only half of participating employers collect Indigenous retention data, of which 62 per cent reported lower retention of Indigenous employees compared to the rest of their workforce.
About three quarters of employers have Indigenous employment targets (76 per cent), with which two-thirds reporting regularly on progress (67 per cent).
Employers should record retention data, create employment targets and monitor the progress of targets to ensure workplaces are better for Indigenous Australians, Ms Cable said.
“There’s quite a disproportionate effort on getting people in the door and not an equal focus on keeping them and progressing them through the organisation,” she said.
“Closing the Indigenous employment gap is a difficult challenge to solve, so trying to do it without data just makes it so much harder.”
Mi’gmaq and Wolastoqey chiefs and many others across the province called for a public inquiry into systemic racism against Indigenous Peoples in New Brunswick’s criminal justice and policing sectors. In December 2020, when asked to support a motion in the legislature calling for a public inquiry, the government refused.
Most public universities founded in the 19th century — especially in what is now Canada, the United States and Aotearoa New Zealand, but also in South Africa and Australia — were large-scale landowners.
Public universities received substantial tracts of expropriated Indigenous territory from their governments that could be leased or sold to generate endowment capital.
AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald arrives at the annual general assembly at the Vancouver Convention Centre with a small group of supporters including First Nations chiefs and grassroots community members. (Ka’nhehsí:io Deer/CBC)
(By Expositor Staff - Manitopulin Expositor - Little Current, ON - June 29, 2022) - Robinson Huron Treaty Litigation Fund (RHTLF)...
West Moberly’s primary concern now is to do what we can to mitigate and heal some of
the damage that the Peace River valley has suffered through the construction of the three
dams, as well as through massive forestry, mining and oil and gas development.
The canoe trip was “a wonderful way to actually see what my ancestors and the mountain people would have seen when they arrived on the Thames in the early 1780s,”
– Ian McCallum, a language educator for the Munsee-Delaware Nation