SA Mines and Energy Journal : June 2009
JUNE/JULY 2009 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 33 INDIGENOUS RELATIONS of Indigenous representation in its workforce. Rio Tinto's philosophy is: "Build it in, don't bolt it on" . Mr Creese described the development of Rio Tinto's program, and the strong sense of responsibility behind it. "The approach must be broad, " he said. "Just creating jobs is not enough. " It is not just about the numbers of Indigenous workers, but also the nature of the work -- for example, Rio Tinto is employing an increasing number of Indigenous geologists and mining engineers, Intensive collaboration and reaching mutual agreement is work that may take years. It covers everything from cross-cultural understanding to involvement in mine closure. Rio Tinto see the potential for Indigenous Australians to be a skilled workforce. Its success serves as an example to others wanting to achieve similar results and Mr Creese is keen to share with others what the company has learnt. Mr Pearson takes heart from Rio Tinto's efforts. "Mr Creese spoke with integrity, " he said. "Access to employment in the private sector is integral. And Rio Tinto sets the benchmark. " Mr Pearson urged all present at the event to support this approach and to help bring about transformation. "I have been astounded, " he said, "by the support from corporations, by their well-considered pledges, by working with us to create jobs. " "In a strange way, the current climate has worked for us. If we can do this well in a down time, it bodes well for the future. " Noel Pearson with Annesley College school captain Hollie and Aboriginal girls Nicole, Jacinta, Allie, Alyssa, Tishara and Shanelle. Photo: Kate Elmes Yalari is creating a network of educational opportunities for Indigenous children in quality boarding schools. It helps Indigenous students take up places at secondary schools that provide high-quality education and gives them an opportunity to meet and interact with various communities across the state. The schools participating in South Australia are Scotch College, Annesley College and St Peter's College. Yalari Limited is a not-for- profit company that sources funding from corporate and individual benefactors, and from governments and philanthropic foundations. To support an Indigenous student to attend a boarding school in 2010, contact Waverley Stanley, Founding Director of Yalari, by phone on (07) 5570 3162 or email info@ yalari.org. Applications for places in 2010 close on June 29, 2009. Learn more online at www.yalari.org. Do it -- don't just say it!
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