Netball Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group convened in Darwin at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre last week, coinciding with the launch of Netball Northern Territory’s own RAP.
Working Group members Karen Milward (Chairwoman), Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM, Dr Richard Walley and Josie Janz-Dawson were on hand at the launch at the NT Link Association Championships Opening Ceremony.
A Welcome to Country and didgeridoo performance was given by Traditional Land Owners from the Larrakia Nation, followed by an introduction to the RAP by Netball NT Board Member and Australia Post One Netball Ambassador, Leanne Bugg.
Netball NT’s RAP commits the organisation to the actions required to increase efforts and capability to support and engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, their families and communities to participate at the same level as other Australians.
Leanne also joined the Netball Australia RAP Working Group meeting at the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre to listen to updates on RAP planning and activities, as well as updates from Group members of their own activities.
Of the many RAP activities underway, the Working Group focused on the continued development of a national cultural respect framework, called ‘CREATE’, aimed at developing more culturally safe netball environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Netball NT were the first State/Territory Member Organisation to pilot one of the elements of the CREATE framework, with the Aboriginal History and Culture workshop module delivered to staff at Netball NT office in Marrara in the lead up to the RAP Launch. This workshop explored Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, from both a national and Territory-based perspective.
Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM is excited at the progress of the RAP, as well as the opportunity to share her experiences and learnings with the netball community.
“As always, it is very satisfying hearing of Netball Australia’s progress with our RAP strategies. It is rewarding to hear of the rollout of the CREATE framework to build cultural respect and understanding throughout the netball community.
“I was also thrilled to be able to support Netball NT launch their Reconciliation Action Plan at the NT State Championships. Of course, meeting Indigenous players, coaches and supporters is always something I enjoy and I felt privileged to be able to share my insights on the coach/athlete relationship with NT coaches, and my experiences as a player with the up and coming athletes.”
Netball Australia’s RAP Working Group will convene next in Perth in December, hosted by Netball Western Australia.