Aboriginal Initiatives

Vicsport acknowledges the traditional owners of all lands on which we do business and we pay our respects to elders past and present. We acknowledge the important contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make in creating a strong and vibrant Australian society.

This page has been developed by Vicsport in partnership with the Victorian State Government to provide you with practical information and resources in understanding the important role sport plays in creating safe and welcoming environments for Aboriginal people.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Vicsport is proud to present our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our vision for reconciliation is to acknowledge, respect, honour and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and inclusion and to influence the sporting community in Victoria in reconciliation. Encouraging and promoting diversity is at the core of Vicsport's work and Vicsport aims to be the sports leader in reconciliation in Victoria. We will provide leadership and guidance to the Victorian sport and recreation community on reconciliation and inclusion.

We hope that, as the peak body for sport in Victoria has produced a RAP, this will encourage state sporting organisations to produce a RAP for their sport.

The Vicsport RAP is available to view and download here.

WATCH: Below are two videos highlighting how sport can be used as a vehicle to create social change, and how storytelling is at the heart of Aboriginal culture.

Racism in Sport Quick PDF Guides:

Indigenous Round

For clubs looking to create an Indigenous Round within their league, see below a sample information kit from Deadly Gippsland. This information kit illustrates how to set up a "Dreamtime Round", ideas on how to promote and market the event, and how to get other clubs on board.

For more information about Deadly Gippsland click here.

DOWNLOAD: Gippsland Indigenous Round - Information and Resource Kit

Peter Norman - I'll Stand With You

L-R: Peter Norman standing alongside athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 200m medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.

WATCH: Peter Norman was a man who stood up for human rights at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. A story that captured the world's attention of how a 24 year-old man from Melbourne made the courageous choice to stand alongside two Americans by wearing a badge of the Olympic Project for Human Rights in support of fellow athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith. The video below showcases the story of Peter Norman in full and how racism has no place in today's society.

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