Brumbies Rugby are pleased to announce the launch of their Reconciliation Action Plan [RAP] and Game Rehearsal Shirt which were revealed at an event held at the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Cooperation in Erindale.
The RAP is regarded as a crucial step in recognising the unique role that sport plays in removing barriers and creating opportunities for those of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origins.Central to the RAP is the formation of the Brumbies Cultural Advisory Group, which includes members of the playing squad and members of our indigenous community.
The group supports the development and implementation of the plan and connects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on our reconciliation journey.
“We are delighted to launch the Brumbies Reconciliation Action Plan,” Brumbies CEO commented.
“The Brumbies Reconciliation Working Group have worked closely to develop a plan to encourage cultural awareness and raise understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocol.
“We are committed to develop a deeper understanding of what reconciliation means, the importance of the National Reconciliation Action Plan and the significance surrounding our local indigenous nations.”
As part of the RAP the Brumbies have committed to wearing an indigenous designed shirt at each of the club’s Game Rehearsal training runs, held on the eve of matchday.
This unique shirt has been conceived and produced by Dale Huddleston, a Wiradjuri man who is employed as a youth worker at the Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Cooperation in Canberra.A well-known local artist and musician, Dale Huddleston was assisted in the design of the Game Rehearsal shirt by Ngunnawal descendent Stanley Connors and Brumbies star Andrew Muirhead.
The Brumbies players contributed to the original painting of the unique design.The design itself incorporates several traditional Aboriginal elements including the Bogong moth, a totem of the Ngunnawal region, as well as foot prints of the black duck totem of the Yuin nation and the goanna totem of the Wiradjuri nation.
“We are very pleased with the design concept that Dale has come up with and the new Game Rehearsal shirt is a strong visual representation of our commitment to reconciliation,”
“To have some of our players of Aboriginal heritage involved in the painting of the design has enabled us to have a hands-on approach to this excellent endeavor."
Media Release by Brumbies Media Unit, Jan 31, 2018