The gap between the Aboriginals and non-indigenous people in Australia has had a significant impact on the economic and social activities in the country. After realizing this, organizations were created to help bridge the gap and enhance the lives of people on both sides. However, communications have not been easy, which is why professionals are working on a project that will help make communication easier. Here are some phases of a project that may lead to the success of the mission.
Research and Making Contact
First impressions are vital and thus, to ensure that you carry yourself properly, a great deal of research must be done. Various cultures have different traditions, norms, history and views. Therefore, to ensure that you conduct yourself in the right manner and you do not offend the people during the first meeting, each member of the team should be briefed on the traditions, likes and dislikes of the indigenous people. When making contact, a formal letter with the signature of the person in charge should be sent well in advance.
After making contact and the leaders agreeing to have a meeting, the team that goes to initiate discussions must be thoroughly briefed and aware of how to behave; the acceptable greetings, how to approach a subject and when they should speak. Avoiding being prejudiced is a critical point. Instead of seeing things through your perspective alone, allow yourself to empathize with the community and try to understand the reasons behind their hesitance to ally.
Maintaining the Relationship
To maintain good relationships, transparency is essential. If the community senses that the team is keeping things from them or that they have ulterior motives, the whole relationship will be ruined. It would be challenging to make amends in the future. The group taking on the project must ensure that they continue playing by the rules of the Aboriginals when on their land.