National Reconciliation Week Wrap Up For 2020

National Reconciliation Week Wrap Up For 2020

National Reconciliation Week Wrap Up For 2020

We are at the end of this year’s National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and the theme of the week, ‘In this together’, has taught us that when we stop, listen and come together, we can progress towards healing and reconciliation.

At AFL SportsReady we are in this together to work towards a just and equal future for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people by providing opportunities through education and employment. Our commitment in this space has helped kick-start the careers of over 2,600 Indigenous trainees since 2000.

NRW week gives us an opportunity to share the work we do in the community, highlight our talented Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander trainees that come through our Traineeship or Cadetship program, celebrate the culture and promote ways in which we can achieve reconciliation.

Here are some of the things we got up to during NRW 2020.

Virtual Acknowledgment to Country

To kick off the week, AFL SportsReady staff from around the country came together for a virtual Acknowledgment to Country lead by our Indigenous Mentor, Ralph White.


Damper making class

Staff (and pets) attended an online damper making class by Mabu Mabu with Meriam Chef, Nornie Bero.


In My Blood It Runs documentary

We secured the rights to a COVID SAFE screening of the critically acclaimed and thought-provoking film IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS is a feature-length documentary that intimately shares the pressures on and the journey of Dujuan, a ten-year-old Arrernte & Garrwa boy living in Hidden Valley town camp in Alice Springs.

September 2019 Dujuan became the youngest person at age 12 to address the United Nations Human Rights Council. He and his family presented the film to delegates of the United Nations.

After watching the video in their own time, staff came together online to explore some themes, impacts and stories that Dujuan brought to life in this film.

What NRW means to our trainees?

Our Indigenous mentors reached out to their trainees and asked them what NRW means to them?

Trainees produced short videos and artwork to express their feelings. See their responses here.

Highlighting our talented Indigenous trainees

We took to social media to share some of the fantastic work our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander trainees were doing.

You can check them out on our Facebook page here.

Messages from our Indigenous Staff

Two of our staff members, Ralph White and Sheena Watt, delivered a personal message about what the week means to them.

Click the links below to view their messages.

Ralph White – Indigenous Mentor and Proud Kija/Bardi man

Sheena Watt –  Executive Manager for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Programs and proud Yorta Yorta woman


AFL SportsReady’s Indigenous program

Our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander program, Warumilang, represents the support and opportunities created for Indigenous people through quality education and employment. We focus on strengthening relationships, promoting respect and creating employment and education opportunities for young Indigenous people.

 How can you get involved?

If you are keen to join our vision in supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people through education and employment, here are some ways you can get involved.

Cadetship Program

Our Indigenous Cadetship program aims to place full time Indigenous University students in paid work experience roles in the industry of their chosen field. We are always looking for new businesses to get involved, so please click here to find out more.

Cultural Awareness Training (CAT)

Our CAT training is designed to ensure workplaces are culturally sensitive and welcoming so Indigenous staff can thrive. To view more information about our CAT training click here.

Direct Employment

Our aim is to connect Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander job seekers with employment and provide a range of support services, preparing them for long-term employment.

If you are an Indigenous jobseeker or part of an organisation looking to employ Indigenous staff, contact us by clicking here

Creative Victoria Job Opportunities

Our ArtsReady program has launched a new initiative with the Victorian Government offering connect Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people unique pathway traineeships with popular based Victorian companies in the arts and creative industries.

To learn more about the new program visit here. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for one of the Creative Victoria roles, check out all the opportunities on offer here.