Integrity, teamwork and trust underpin our approach to Reconciliation.
Kott Gunning Lawyers acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land where our office stands in Perth, Western Australia. We pay our respects to them and their culture, and their Elders past and present.
We are proud that Kott Gunning Lawyers has a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that commits us to a number of steps towards working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to overcome the challenges and disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians. The partners strongly support the need for a RAP and action to be taken as part of it. From a cultural, firm and personal perspective these are matters we should all better understand.
This includes staff initiatives such as cultural awareness training, pro bono work and funding for scholarships for female Indigenous law students through the Aboriginal Women’s Legal Education Trust to support them through their studies.
In 2016 Kott Gunning Lawyers introduced compulsory cultural awareness training provided by Charmaine Wally. The firm sees the training as an important part of understanding and recognising the traditional owners of this land, their culture and their history, and taking active reconciliation steps.
As part of cultural recognition and respect, “welcome to country” and/or “acknowledgment of country” is undertaken at all significant Kott Gunning Lawyers events.
Our plan formalises our commitment to reducing inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
For more information about Kott Gunning’s Reconciliation Action Plan, please contact our Chairman Vidal Hockless on 08 9321 3755.
More information and resources, to enable all Australians to contribute to the reconciliation of the nation, can be found on the website of Reconciliation Australia.