AFL Queensland today launched the organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Speaking at the launch, AFL Queensland CEO, Dean Warren, said the Reconciliation Action Plan formalises AFL Queensland’s commitment to further strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“AFL Queensland’s has a clear vison for the future – that Australian Football is the catalyst for healthy and vibrant communities, achieves community outcomes in a uniquely Australian way and is a way of life for all Queensland communities,” said Mr Warren
“Our Reconciliation Action Plan is a positive development for AFL Queensland as it outlines several important actions designed to raise awareness and build pride in the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”
A critical role of AFL Queensland is to promote inclusion and diversity in Australian Football.
The acknowledgment and celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, by continuing to build an understanding and respect for customs, values and traditions through education will play a critical role to ensure an inclusive and safe Australian Football community built on mutual respect.
“Our tangible and outcome focused programs aim to promote active participation, self-esteem, respect and responsibility – to aid overall wellbeing, independence and life skills for successful transition into further education and employment,” said Mr Warren
“And importantly a sense of pride and belonging that develops a strong sense of self-worth. Our aim is to drive positive and lasting change.”
Photo: Mark Furner (Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships), Dean Warren (AFL Queensland CEO) and members of the Yerongpan Dance Group.