Escient acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage and beliefs and honour the sacred relationship they have with the land and waters.
We pay our respect to their Elders past present and emerging.
Positive Steps for Positive Change
Maria Watson-Trudgett, 2022
The RAP artwork, Positive Steps for Positive Change, reflects Escient’s journey of reconciliation and the desire to build and nurture respectful and reciprocal cross-relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities, and employees.
I am proud to share our Reflect RAP—Escient’s first—with our clients, partners and the community. This document is a statement of our commitment to reconciliation and guides three core aspects for Escient to adhere to—Relationships, Respect and Opportunities.
Our RAP is a courageous but sustainable plan that seeks to strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, our communities, and employees. As we deliver on our RAP actions and commitments, we aspire to build a reciprocal relationship and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to understand their diverse cultures and cultural histories, including the regions where we operate our business. In turn, we aim to advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to embrace their potential, participate in economic and social opportunities and contribute to a shared contemporary society.
Looking to the broader community, we are seeking creative ways to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across our network by joining local community activities as well as participating in and celebrating National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week events.
As we continue our reconciliation journey, we aim to achieve our vison for reconciliation. Our RAP holds us accountable and brings transparency to our reconciliation efforts. It will guide us as we learn more about our shared history and support us to gain a deeper cultural awareness, while we build and nurture respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
I encourage others to play their part in reconciling Australia and to take positive steps for positive change
Chief Executive Officer
My paintings express my connections to my Aboriginal Culture in contemporary expressions of now.
I am a proud Koori woman and ‘fresh water’ girl of the Wiradjuri people. I am a storyteller and self-taught artist. Painting creates a sense of belonging and strengthens my Aboriginal identity.
I have been painting and exhibiting for more than a decade, and have created many commissioned artworks for private collectors and organisations, both national and international.
Maria Watson-Trudgett, 2022
Our vision for reconciliation is to live together in a nation which appreciates the importance of First Nations’ histories and cultures, is inquisitive and willing to learn, celebrates the significance, embraces, and accepts it as our shared history.
The future Australia we would like to see is the one where First Nations peoples are acknowledged and respected across all aspects of society—a nation where we all value each other and work together to build a vibrant, modern, inclusive, and equitable society for all.