GJK’s Pathway to Reconciliation
GJK’s vision for reconciliation means true equity and equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“GJK have been strong advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for many years, and we will continue for many more,” said GJK CEO, Elias Stamas.” Our Reflect RAP was the next logical step of GJK’s journey to contribute to a reconciled, just, and equitable Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. I am proud to be part of an organisation constantly pushing its responsibility to the community.”
GJK joins a network of more than 2,200 corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations that have made formal commitments to reconciliation through Reconciliation Australia’s RAP program.
The strength of the RAP program is its framework of relationships, respect, and opportunities that allows organisations to strategically set their reconciliation commitments in line with their business objectives to achieve effective outcomes. These outcomes contribute towards the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity, and historical acceptance.
“Our internal RAP Working Group (RWG) has been working under the guidance of Yilabara Solutions for the past six months in preparation for our Reflect RAP submission”, said Elias. “It is great to achieve this significant milestone.”
Our beautiful RAP artwork titled “GJK Pathways to Reconciliation” was created by Lani Balzan , a proud Aboriginal woman from the Wiradjuri people of the three-river tribe. Lani created the piece to represent GJK and the connection with staff, families, friends, and community, coming together to learn and grow and close the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people by taking the journey together for a better understanding of Aboriginal culture.
The large gathering symbol represents GJK, with the people symbols representing employees, family, friends, and the community. The gold pathway represents our reconciliation journey, the paths are taken to build a better connection to Aboriginal culture across the land, and the work we have done with Aboriginal people over the years.
The Yarra River represented through the artwork, symbolizes the important land feature where GJK’s head office is located, with the six circle elements representing our offices in other states.
The eagle symbol represents strength and courage and is also Lani’s totem and holds significant importance to Aboriginal culture. The eagle watches over and protects from above.
The three larger people symbols in golden colours represent GJK’s values.