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REPRESENTATIVES from people’s movement Recognise last week visited West Coast’s headquarters to address the club’s reconciliation action plan working group.
Recognise is the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure there is no place in it for racial discrimination.
The Eagles established a reconciliation action plan last year, which demonstrates respect for indigenous culture and helps create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
As a part of West Coast’s ongoing commitment to support these communities in WA, the club recently donated signed West Coast Eagles indigenous guernseys to several or- ganisations.
These included Recognise, as well as the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Department for Child Protection and Support, Fair Game, Future Footprints, WA Museum and Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports.
The West Coast Eagles indigenous guernsey was worn for the first time in 2014’s Indigenous Round, with each player receiving an additional guernsey to sign and donate to a local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisation.
The club has a longstanding commitment to assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as demonstrated through the appointment of the AFL’s first indigenous liaison officer, Phil Narkle, and ongoing support of the Wirrpanda Foundation.
Phil Narkle (second from left) with players Xavier Ellis, Josh Hill and Jamie Bennell and members of the group Recognise.