Time to cap­i­talise on top two spot

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport - Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is an af­fil­i­ated part­ner of the West Coast Ea­gles.

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.

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