We are committed to respecting and enhancing the human rights, land and resource rights, interests, concerns, traditional land uses and cultural activities of the First Nation Partners and Indigenous Peoples within our communities.
We operate in accordance with our Social Responsibility Performance Standards which require the establishment of formal procedures, processes, and grievance mechanisms related to Indigenous community engagement, economic inclusion and cultural heritage conservation, while meeting and exceeding applicable legislative requirements. The Stakeholder Engagement and First Nations Standards
guide our relationships with Indigenous Communities by setting minimum requirements for engagement aligned with FPIC, communication, integration of community input, periodic monitoring, reporting and review.
While we have maintained 6% Indigenous employment in FY23 (FY22: 6%), we are also committed to increasing Indigenous participation year-on-year in the business through apprentice, trainee, graduate and employment programs, and through Indigenous business opportunities. This commitment is supported by our Indigenous Procurement Approach and Guideline which is undergoing consultation with site Supply and Social Responsibility Teams. This approach aims to guide all local procurement plans and remove barriers to participation in our business.
We aim to develop strong relationships that incorporate a comprehensive approach to supporting selfdetermination and with the aim of building appropriate skills, capabilities and resources that ensure long term success and positive outcomes for their communities.
In FY23, there were no disputes relating to land use, customary rights of local communities and Indigenous Peoples, or incidents of violations involving rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Refer to the ESG Performance Data for activities that take place in or near areas where Indigenous Peoples are located.
Land and Resource Rights
We actively aim to design our activities and projects to avoid the relocation/resettlement and economic displacement of potentially affected people, particularly our First Nation Partners and Indigenous Peoples. They are among the first and most directly impacted
stakeholders in terms of culture, environment, and socioeconomic status from our mining operations, exploration, and other engagement. Since Evolution’s creation, including in FY23, no Indigenous peoples or vulnerable groups have been subject to voluntary or involuntary resettlement or displacement.
At Evolution, we recognise our role in reconciliation and responsibility to meaningfully consult, engage, and support First Nation communities to enable equitable access to employment, health, training and educational opportunities.
Our vision for reconciliation is one where First Nation Partners and Indigenous Peoples have equal access to opportunities and resources, are treated equally in all relationships, and have their cultures and histories celebrated and respected.
Evolution maintains this approach with the upcoming ‘YES’ vote in Australian Referendum wherein the Australian people across the country, on our sites and in our communities will be asked if a First Nations Voice to Parliament should be enshrined in The Constitution as an advisory body. This referendum is the result of a six-year campaign since the issuing of the Uluru Statement of the Heart which represented 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Delegates’ request for Voice, Treaty and Truth for reconciliation. We have encouraged and supported our people to be informed so as to best execute their individual right to vote.
Informed by Cultural Recognition and Indigenous cultural protocols, we engage and collaborate with our First Nation Partners to ensure mutually beneficial outcomes and their full realisation of social, economic, and cultural rights. This engagement is facilitated by our Group and Site Social Responsibility teams and supported by First Nation Engagement Plans developed in partnership with our partners, community leaders and recognised Indigenous businesses. These plans are focused on trusting relationships and promoting the rights and
outcomes of First Nation Partners and Indigenous Peoples, including with respect to self-determination, capacity building, lasting employment and subcontractor opportunities. They enable integrating cultural recognition and reconciliation into the business culture,
and support cultural inclusion, skills, and knowledge in the workforce.
In FY23, we leveraged our Cultural Recognition Position Statement, Indigenous Relations Approach, and Cultural Competency pathway. We undertook a gap analysis against Reconciliation Australia’s framework to strengthen our commitment to reconciliation. In transitioning from Recognition to Reconciliation, we maintain our approach in promoting Indigenous culture and building relationships based on trust and respect. We intend to enhance our governance to empower our people to be culturally aware, competent, and safe, and to advance outcomes in inclusion and diversity for First Nation Partners and Indigenous Peoples.
In FY24, we are committed to embed reconciliation deeper into our workforce. Aligned with Reconciliation Australia’s recommended supporting actions, we have begun piloting an Australian focused cultural competency program. It outlines learning options to build awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, rights and achievements, contributing to the personal
and professional development of Evolution leaders and First Nation Relationship Managers. This training will be embedded further in the business.
Other activities include:
- Engaging First Nation Partners and schools during National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week in Australia, and National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada to share and provided capacity building within our
business and communities
- Facilitated connections and relationships between our global First Nation Partners in various forums
- Holding smoking ceremonies conducted by local Traditional Owners at project commencement
- Ongoing collaboration with Indigenous joint venture partners to enable growth, capacity building, and expanded employment and procurement opportunities for their people
- Embedding best practice cultural heritage monitoring within large-scale on-country project deliveries
- Naming of Traditional Custodian project, the Galari Agricultural Company, as the Winner for Community Excellence
- In FY24, ongoing development of Indigenous trainee, apprenticeship, and employment programs at Mt Rawdon and Ernest Henry
We are committed to increasing our cultural competency and capability, and to being an organisation that demonstrates leadership, listens, and respects Indigenous communities right across Australia and Canada.
Galari Agricultural Project and
Indigenous Excellence at Evolution
Mitakoodi artwork gets pride of place onsite