Acknowledgement of Country
Google acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the original custodians of Australia. We recognise their rich and diverse cultural history spanning back at least 65,000 years. We respect this history and commit to elevating the voices and experiences of Indigenous Australians through Google’s products, platforms and people. We recognise the importance of developing long term Indigenous partnerships, and embedding cultural perspectives, to build a strong digital future for all Australians.
Our vision for reconciliation is one where the cultures, knowledge and histories of Indigenous Australians are accessible, understood and appreciated by all Australians. Through our people, our platforms and our products, we aspire to build deep relationships and empower communities to realise opportunities in the digital economy and beyond.
Image: Danzal Baker OAM in the Google x Baker Boy film
Rise to Your Dream
Our mission at Google is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. This RAP helps to ensure that we bring our global mission to life in Australia, a truly local application of our global racial equity commitments which can advance the needs and share the stories of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people both here and around the world.
Image: Local Brolga Dancers at Google Sydney during NAIDOC week 2022
The launch of our 2023-2025 Stretch RAP is the culmination of a multi-year journey which began with celebrating Ooderoo Noonuccal's 90th birthday in 2011 and includes a partnership with the Clontarf Foundation, capturing Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu national parks on Street View, our first and second Innovate RAPs, and funding the First Australians Digitisation Fund in support of Indigenous tech innovation.
This timeline showcases highlights of our reconciliation journey leading up to the launch of our 2023-2025 Stretch RAP
- Google Doodle for Ooderoo Noonuccal's 91st birthday
- Summer Trainee Engineering Program launched for underrepresented university students
- Google's partnership with The Clontarf Foundation commenced providing funding and robotics and coding workshops
- Google's first Innovate RAP launched
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is captured on Google Maps Street View in accordance with Tjukurpa law
- Inaugural Grow with Google digital skills workshop for Indigenous Australian entrepreneurs held in collaboration with Supply Nation
- Sydney office space refreshed with artwork by Otis Hope Carey, sharing perspectives of Indigenous Australian elders
- Google's second Innovate RAP launched
- Sundar Pichai our CEO announced “Our commitments to racial equity”
- Launched a NAIDOC Week playlist on YouTube, amplifying Indigenous Australian artists
- Founded an employee resource group for Indigenous Employees in Australia (“GAIN AU”)
- Collaborated with Welcome to Country to showcase First Nations experiences
- Launched Woolaroo, an app using Vision AI to help users explore the Yugambeh language
- Launched a collection of Indigenous wallpapers on Pixel by artist Ryhia Dank
- Supported a cohort of journalists through the First Nations Media Australia News Initiative
- Collaborated with Magabala Books to develop TRACES an Indigenous voice-to-art experience
- Funded the First Australians Digitisation Fund supporting Indigenous tech innovation
- Launched our campaign 'Rise' directed by Cornel Ozies and featuring Baker Boy.
- Our Grow with Google program trained Indigenous businesses in collaboration with Supply Nation, Trading Blak and Kinaway Chamber of Commerce
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jessica Johnson is a descendent of the Warumungu/Wombaya people north of Tennant Creek. She is a designer, artist and owner of Nungala Creative, a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and operated creative communications agency.
This artwork celebrates the ongoing relationship between Google and the First Nations people of this country. It is a story of connection, collaboration and commitment to empowering their future. Depicted are different landscapes, journey lines and meeting places with no beginning and end, this is ongoing and its success is in its continuation.