It is therefore urgent to take measures to reduce inequalities between the indigenous and non-indigenous populations. Like the partnership established between Veolia and the NGO Outback Academy Australia, which champions the social inclusion of indigenous communuties through employment, training and promotion of their traditions and culture.
Reconciliation: a wide-ranging program
> The initiatives carried out by Veolia fall within a vast national program known as the Reconciliation Action Plan. Since 2014, it has been promoting actions to improve the employment and social inclusion
of Aboriginal communities. For a better understanding of Veolia’s actions to promote “reconciliation,” visit http://www.veolia.com/anz/about-us/about-us/partnering.
> Supporting communities:
Since late 2015, the partnership with the Outback Academy Australia has led Veolia to assist the Roelands Village community in Western Australia in developing its environmental management: treating water and managing waste and energy.
Several members of the Red Dust Heelers represented Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, including Brad Ness, who had the honor of being chosen to carry the flag for the national team.
Within the framework of this partnership, Veolia also supports the Red Dust Heelers, a wheelchair basketball team in Australia’s national wheelchair basketball league working alongside Aborigines with a disability. According to Anja Bonnard, this multicultural group has an exemplary impact on marginalized communities:
“The programs run by the Red Dust Heelers go beyond purely sports activities. They encourage young people to get involved in all aspects of community life to help them rise above any kind of disability.”