‘Committed to meaningful engagement with First Nations communities’ ICC Sydney bolsters its Reconciliation Action Plan

Smoking ceremony at the Business Sydney First Nations Forum and ICC Sydney Reconciliation Plan launch.

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan at the city’s inaugural Business Sydney First Nations Forum yesterday.

In 2018, ICC Sydney was the first convention centre to commit to a Reconciliation Action Plan and this next phase of work continues to build respect of, relationships with, and opportunities for Australia’s First Nations people.

“We’d like to thank Reconciliation Australia, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, KARI Foundation, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Aunty Margret Campbell of Dreamtime Southern X, and Supply Nation, as well as the new goods and services providers joining our supply chain, for their counsel,” said ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy

“Our vision for reconciliation is one where collaboration and partnership foster greater inclusion, opportunities and recognition for Australia’s First Nations people.

“We are very proud to be located in this special place, where people have gathered to meet, trade and hold ceremonies for many tens of thousands of years, which is why we are committed to meaningful engagement with First Nations communities and through our event Legacy Program, we will continue to present First Nations culture to the thousands of visitors walking through our doors each year.”

Speaking at the First Nations Forum, Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine said it was an opportunity for the venue to strengthen existing and new connections “that will become the lifeblood of its Reconciliation Action Plan commitments”.

“By enabling and empowering staff to contribute to this process, ICC Sydney will ensure shared and cooperative success in the long-term,” she said.

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council Deputy Chair Yvonne Weldon said ICC Sydney has a unique opportunity to “educate and inspire its audiences” to connect with Australia’s First Nations.

“The initiatives that ICC Sydney has committed to across employment, economic development and cultural education are great examples of how the cultures, heritage and history of our First Peoples can be celebrated and continue to be widely promoted,” she said.