Micro-X has launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, as first steps towards sustainably and strategically taking meaningful action to advance Reconciliation.
The Reflect RAP is based around core pillars of relationships, respect and opportunities with the aim of increasing economic equity and supporting First Nations self-determination.
Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara artist Elizabeth Close created an artwork for the RAP, speaking to the company’s core values of innovation, making a change and contribution to health and security.
“It references the landscape and is a direct reference to the connection to Country that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have, and more specifically, it references the wetlands and waterways of Warriparinga, and the landscape of Kaurna Country; Micro-X’s home. I have used much of the iconography across the concepts with variations in composition, using meeting places that speak to the concept of coming together, linking circles to speak to moving together as one, whilst acknowledging shared histories,” Ms Close said.
“There are many elements that speak to the elements of journey; both of innovation and of Reconciliation. I have also used kangaroo tracks to reference this. In a number of the concepts I have used dark, negative space artwork to speak to the technology of x-ray imaging itself, and on another I have referenced stylised radiation waves using iconography I also use to describe journey, growth and topograph.”
The RAP was launched at Micro-X’s Tonsley manufacturing facility, with Kaurna leader Jack Buckskin leading a Welcome to Country smoking ceremony.
Micro-X Chief Executive Officer Peter Rowland said the RAP was an important part of the company’s business strategy, recognising the value and opportunity brought by an inclusive environment to the business, customers and society.
“At Micro-X, we believe that our people and our work culture are the key to our success. By being inclusive of all cultures, we can draw from experience and knowledge to make us stronger. This RAP marks the start of our journey towards recognition and reconciliation, which will in turn contribute towards Australia’s journey towards providing greater equity, opportunity, and growth for all.”
Click here to read Micro-X’s Reconciliation Action Plan