Across the nation each year, NAIDOC Week is such enormous week of events and activities in communities, schools and workplaces – joining together to celebrate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander history, achievement and culture – as the oldest living continuing culture on the planet.
For Rork Projects’ Co-Owner John Paul Janke, it’s his busiest week of the year.
It is the culmination of months of busy work in his distinguished role as the Co-Chair of the National NAIDOC Committee as well as participating in the many Rork Projects engagements that acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Week.
As an Indigenous business, we see NAIDOC Week as an excellent opportunity to encourage stronger social understanding and participation in Indigenous issues within our sphere of influence to encourage positive change; a commitment we have made through our Indigenous Engagement Strategy.
In 2020 we reached out to some of our corporate partners to engage with them during NAIDOC Week and were honoured to provide keynote presentations to staff at McKinsey & Company, Donald Cant Watts Corke, Conrad Gargett (pictured, below left), KPMG and the Brisbane Airport Corporation (pictured, below right).
Earlier in the week John participated in an online interview with Steven Worrall – Managing Director at Microsoft Australia – talking about the importance of NAIDOC Week and how to get involved in celebrating and recognising Indigenous people and cultures.
He also joined in a LinkedIn Live panel discussion with Natalie MacDonald (Senior News Editor at LinkedIn News) about NAIDOC and to discuss the challenges facing Indigenous businesses and professionals at this time.
Across Canberra and Brisbane John also delivered a number of media commitments with national news broadcasters, promoting and celebrating NAIDOC Week.