As our first STEM practitioners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ innovation, knowledge, culture, history, songs and stories have enriched the way Scitech is able to positively impact children, teachers and people in STEM learning. Together we can continue to develop and empower communities, creating more opportunities and better outcomes.
As Scitech progresses through its own reconciliation journey, we are committed to closing the gap on education inequality and building a more inclusive and culturally diverse workplace. We recognise the need to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples a formal pathway so they are at the forefront of policy and issues relevant to embracing and preserving their heritage.
We express our support for the YES case referendum and enshrining The Voice to Parliament as an institutional mechanism for Aboriginal and Torres Strait representation and decision-making. We hope this can contribute to addressing education inequity by amplifying their voices, prioritising their needs, and ensuring their participation in policy discussions and reforms that directly impact their educational opportunities and outcomes.
We acknowledge and respect the many different views in the Scitech and STEM community and want to encourage everyone to debate respectfully and be open-minded and well-informed in reaching their decisions.
Scitech is grateful for the chance to participate in this historic step to make an impact on generations now and in the future.