AFL NSW/ACT launches Reconciliation Action Plan
AFL NSW/ACT has proudly launched their first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at a morning tea event at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
More than 100 AFL NSW/ACT staff from across the state and territory were joined at the event by representatives from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs NSW, Transport for New South Wales, the Sydney Swans, GIANTS, the Office of Sport Multicultural NSW, NASCA, Reconciliation New South Wales and Reconciliation Australia.
Guests at the morning tea were entertained by AFL Western Sydney Indigenous Academies Student Braithan Kemble playing the didgeridoo and welcomed by fellow Academies student Brendan Easson in his traditional Indigenous language. Speakers included members of the RAP Working Group, local Aboriginal artist Zoe Betar, AFL General Manager Social Policy and Inclusion Tanya Hosch, and AFL NSW/ACT CEO Sam Graham.
Graham said he was delighted to launch the organisations first RAP at the Innovate level.
“We are extremely proud to present our first Reconciliation Action Plan as an important first step in our reconciliation journey and we look forward to bringing it to life over the next two years,” said Graham.
“We are proud of the strong platform our organisation has built in recent years through our AFL Western Sydney Indigenous Academies, our diversity talent programs and the great opportunities our game provides to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture both at the grassroots and elite level. We know however, that there is still so much to do.
“Our team across New South Wales and the ACT are already doing so much to engage with and empower our Indigenous Communities and with the introduction of this RAP, we now have the framework in place to support this work even further. I have every confidence that our team will deliver on this important work, and more.”