IMARC announces First Nations partner for upcoming Melbourne event

The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) has announced a partnership with the Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA) – becoming the first Australian resources event to partner with a First Nations group.

The partnership aims to foster stronger connections between First Nations communities and the minerals and resources sector, while continuing to raise the profile of First Nations people working in the industry globally.

IWIMRA was founded in 2017 to create a stronger connection amongst indigenous women in Australia’s resources sector. The group’s priority is to ensure the visibility, voice and participation of First Nations people across the spectrum of the mining and minerals sector.

IMARC, which is due to take place in Melbourne and online from October 25-27, said it is delighted to be partnering with IWIMRA to promote the importance of inclusiveness of First Nation women and men in the industry and the event programme.

“This partnership enhances our commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across all areas of the mining and resources industry as part of our Balance for Better Program where diversity and inclusion are a key focus of the conference and associated events,” IMARC’s managing director Anita Richards said.

Meanwhile, IWIMRA’s co-Founder and CEO Florence Drummond said: “We are so excited to be formalising this partnership with IMARC and it’s only now that we are starting to recognise how truly impactful it will be.”