EPIC Newman, which provides disability services, parenting programs and employment services in the town, has signed the Cultural Compact.
EPIC’s Community Coordinator for Careers, Emma Cooper said the company had signed the Compact to help bridge the gap between cultures.
The Cultural Compact invites Newman’s organisations, government and community to sign a statement recognising the land, culture, language and law of the Nyiyaparli Traditional Owners and Martu Custodians of the land on which the town stands, and committing to work toward a shared future.
In 2020 the Nyiyaparli and the Martu came together to create the Cultural Compact, which maps their vision for upholding Aboriginal culture and traditions in Newman. The Compact seeks to catalyse collaboration and unity, nurture understanding and respect for Aboriginal values; and encourage local business, services and institutions to commit to culturally responsive approaches.
“The Cultural Compact is a partnership designed to support the local cultural sector and enhance its contribution,” Emma said.
EPIC will be displaying the Nyiya Warnima – Wanyjalpa welcome sticker at the entrance to their organisation and will support their staff to learn the local greeting to welcome their clients with. They also plan to put their staff through local cultural awareness training programs.
“I would encourage other organisations in Newman that are wanting to sign the Cultural Compact to do so and support change,” Emma said.