Amplifying young First Nations voices

7 June, 2023

RAA proudly amplified the voices of young First Nations people across National Reconciliation Week last week.

With the Reconciliation Week theme ‘Be a Voice for Generations’, RAA showcased community partner Tjindu Foundation students’ voices on RAA’s social media channels.

“RAA is proud to partner with Tjindu Foundation, which does amazing work developing and supporting young Aboriginal people by combining success at school, cultural education and AFL,” RAA General Manager Community and Corporate Affairs, Emily Perry said.

“During Reconciliation Week, we wanted to let the students speak to our audience about their priorities for their communities, while also sharing about the fantastic opportunities Tjindu provides.”

Other RAA activities during National Reconciliation Week included:

  • More than 150 of our reconciliation tops, designed by Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara artist Elizabeth Close, distributed and worn by RAA staff
  • 250 RAA employees, executives, community and Tjindu Foundation students and staff attending our movie night screening of High Ground, which also raised $150 for Tjindu
  • Thousands of football fans seeing our declarations in Kaurna and English that RAA is proud to operate on Aboriginal lands at Port Adelaide and Adelaide home games during the Sir Doug Nicholls (Indigenous) Round
  • Hosting community partners and key stakeholders at Sir Doug Nicholls Round matches, including South Australia’s Commissioner for First Nations Voice Dale Agius, artist Elizabeth Close and 20 Tjindu Foundation students
  • Being a major sponsor of Reconciliation SA’s annual breakfast, held on National Sorry Day, with RAA staff, board and community members attending
  • 100 lapel pins of the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags being given to and worn by Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group and Circle members, and other RAA staff, and
  • A number of RAA teams enjoying Vili’s Bakery reconciliation donuts, with 50 cents per donut going to Tjindu Foundation.

Ms Perry said sharing about the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was a key part of RAA’s commitment to reconciliation.

“As outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan, we see our role at RAA as educating and communicating with our staff, members and the broader community about the importance of reconciliation.

“This was also a focus during Reconciliation Week, and we felt very fortunate to share our activities throughout the week with so many people.”

To learn more, read RAA’s Reconciliation Action Plan here.