Coles celebrates NAIDOC Week: Mohnte’s story

Mohnte Namok

Coles celebrates NAIDOC Week: Mohnte’s story

 

Coles Group has launched a series of video stories for NAIDOC week, showcasing the life stories of some of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

The series will form part of the group’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander plan and will highlight a range of career opportunities from across the business.

The stories celebrate the lives of diverse team members, exploring their connection to country, family and community.

Cristilee Houghton, Coles Group’s recently appointed Head of Indigenous Affairs, a Pitta Pitta Maiawali Karuwali woman, has commissioned the work with Sydney-based specialist cultural agency, CulturalPulse.

 

Cristilee Houghton Coles

Cristilee Houghton, Coles Group’s recently appointed Head of Indigenous Affairs, a Pitta Pitta Maiawali Karuwali woman

 

“A lot of people I meet are curious to learn about Indigenous-led communication”, Houghton explains. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures have a long tradition of story-telling. We start with yarning–getting to know a person, sharing stories and listening, taking the time to connect. NAIDOC Week is a time in the year when we collectively celebrate the cultures, knowledge and traditions. Launching these stories at this time is very meaningful.”

This video tells the story of Mohnte Namok, a gay Torres Strait Islander man who has worked for nine years in the delicatessen as part of Coles Supermarket team.

Mohnte’s life story is built around his extended family and his great love – coaching netball, which he has done at international level.

“Netball is my escape from everyday life,” says Mohnte. “And I get to give back to the sport and to help people, which I love the most.”

 

Mohnte Namok Coaching Netball

Mohnte Namok Netball Coach

 

The series complements Coles’ new brand positioning and their ‘Value the Australian Way’ campaign, which similarly, features real people, filmed in a natural and authentic style accompanied by the gentle rhythms of Indigenous artist Stephen Pigram’s ‘Feel Like Going Back Home’.

“Australia has always been a diverse country of micro-communities,” says Reg Raghavan, CEO at CulturalPulse.

“From Australia’s Indigenous ancient past to the present day, it is time more of these cultural community stories are told and seen through mainstream channels. This series is something that will resonate with many Australians, particularly during NAIDOC Week. It is a privilege that these team members are sharing their stories and their culture with us all.” he added.

CulturalPulse partnered closely with Cristilee and her team, and in consultation with Cultural Advisor Brad Cooke from Campfire x to ensure all protocols and cultural nuances were appropriately addressed.

According to Cooke: “The result of this collaboration is a heart-warming and uplifting insight into culture, strength, sharing experience and connecting with local communities.”

 

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NAIDOC Week 2021 runs from Sunday 4 July to Sunday 11 July 2021. 

Click here for more information.

 

CulturalPulse: We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this video and website may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.


Dee Raghavan

Dee Raghavan is the Senior Manager, Engagement Marketing at CulturalPulse. She has a passion for writing, travelling and experiencing other cultures through sport, music, film, art and food. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]