The State Government and the organisers of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are hoping a new Reconciliation Action Plan for the Gamess, launched yesterday, will help next year’s event to support the process of Indigenous reconciliation in Australia.
The Action Plan aims to encourage employment and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians at next year’s Commonwealth Games, as well as helping to increase cultural awareness as part of the spirit of the Games.
Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, David Grevemberg said this would be the first major event to have a Reconciliation Action Plan and stressed the importance of such initiatives in respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous people and celebrating their culture.
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“Welcoming the Yugambeh Elders to the United Kingdom and Buckingham Palace in March this year to support the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay and lead the Gold Coast 2018’s invitation to the Games next year was a powerful and important moment in Commonwealth sport’s history,” Mr Grevemberg said.
“We passionately believe that Gold Coast 2018 can and must support the process of indigenous reconciliation and social justice, at home in Australia, and further afield by recognising and honouring First Nations people across the Commonwealth.”
Queensland’s Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones used the opportunity to announce that the state’s primary schools and special schools could apply for Ms Jones said under the funding program, Queensland state primary schools and special schools could apply for grants of up $5000 for reconciliation projects in the school community.
“This is an exciting way for students to promote reconciliation,” said Ms Jones.
“Some ideas for school-based projects include placing Traditional Owner plaques in the school grounds, creating bush tucker gardens with edible native plants, engaging with Elders and Traditional Custodians to share their culture and personal stories and excursions to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.”