05 July 2022
As part of NAIDOC Week 2022, some of the amazing people at BHP have shared what NAIDOC week means to them.
Tiah Toth joined BHP almost seven years ago as a Trainee Production Technician at Jimblebar.
During this time, she was drafted to the Fremantle Dockers AFLW team and was fortunate enough to be given a Perth-based secondment for six months to allow her to continuing working at BHP while playing football.
After the season was completed, Tiah returned back to site until the next AFLW season came around and she was offered another secondment opportunity in a different part of the business.
Returning to site after months off always gave Tiah an idea of where she wanted to move next within the business. Tiah moved into the Mine Controlling space on site with the Autonomous Haulage System and was there until 2020 just before COVID-19 hit.
She then moved into Mine Controlling team at our Integrated Remote Operations Centre and was able to continue her AFLW journey along the way.
Tiah said: “Juggling both BHP and AFLW hasn’t been easy especially with working nightshift, but the support has always been amazing. So far, I’ve played 24 AFLW games around injuries and many list changes.”
What does NAIDOC Week mean to me?
NAIDOC to me means acceptance of our people, others who are willing to listen and expand their knowledge on the past and the present of the life we all live and how far we have come as a culture.
What does the theme ‘Get up! Stand up! Show up!’ mean to me?
This to me is a strong and powerful saying – it can really change the outlook on someone’s views and remind them that everyone is different. You can also change a negative outlook by simply standing up for others around you and being united as a world not just for your own culture but others too.
What does the Uluru Statement from the Heart mean to me?
To me the statement is for not only people who come from or live in our country to have an understanding about the long existence of this land and culture, but for many others around the world to recognise our people and the land we have lived on for so long. To protect and share out stories and the love we all have for our culture with everyone around us.
Thank you to Tiah for sharing your story. We encourage everyone to play their part to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for NAIDOC Week.