INNOVATE RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN

Basketball NSW is proud to share its first Reconciliation Action plan.

STATEMENT FROM OUR CEO

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, is a conscious and active plan, focused on building a better understanding of First Nations People and cultures. Only through understanding and respect can we move forward and through that actively provide opportunities and pathways at all levels of our sport.

Our aim is for our RAP to integrate with our strategies and day-to-day operation including improved participation on committees and boards as well as our programs, competitions, leagues and high performance programs. We understand this is a journey that requires ongoing commitment and we are taking the first steps on that journey now.

Maria Nordstrom

We encourage our community to take a moment to read our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan and walk with us on this important journey.

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‘THE LAND WE SHARE’

BNSW engaged Campfire X, an Indigenous creative solutions company to follow correct Indigenous art protocols.

‘The land we share’ created by Jordan Ardler who is from the Aboriginal community in La Perouse, “represents how the land meets the waters. Rivers, ocean, grass and bush land are the main source of our survival and have been since the beginning of time.

Yellow outlined circles within the background of the artwork identify every Aboriginal community in NSW. The dotted wavy blue lines represent the beauty in our shorelines, erosions the ocean creates on our land and riverbanks. Yellow dotted lines show how our song lines continue to be present throughout our journey of life.

The central symbols symbolise the connection between communities, our lands and culture continuously sharing knowledge and stories. The white circular patterns fading out of the central figures portrays the ripple effect, ongoing growth, strength and power that our cultural practices present to us which allows our future generations to understand our surroundings.

The arch figures at the bottom of the design represent and acknowledge our ancestors in our past who paved the way for our present.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Basketball NSW has recently unveiled an Acknowledgement of Country video. The video’s premise is to highlight the profound connection between basketball and numerous local communities across the state, showcasing four prominent Aboriginal & Torres Strait nations. In First Nations communities, meeting places hold great significance, and the inclusion of stadiums and outdoor courts as meeting places in basketball amplifies the strong message conveyed throughout the video and will serve as an important aspect to be utilised following on from 2024 at any BNSW event that is unable to be hosted by a local elder.

The Acknowledgement of Country is a vital component of respecting and honouring the traditional owners of the land on which the events are held and recognising their enduring connection to the land.

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