Thank you for taking the time to read the West Australian Football Commission’s (WAFC) Reconciliation Action Plan.
Football in Western Australia has taken significant steps forward in respect to the reconciliation progress, however there is still more that we can do. The WAFC seeks to be a leader in this space and set the standard for reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Western Australia. We recognise that there is accountability associated with leadership, and we believe there is significant opportunity through football to positively influence others, as part of this journey of reconciliation.
The WAFC recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia are part of the oldest continuing culture in the world, of over 65,000+ years of history and connection to this country. It is important that we celebrate this history, but we also must acknowledge the past wrongs that have occurred. This will form part of our approach to cultural learning and understanding. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have had a strong connection to Football in Western Australia since the game began, and their contribution to the sport has been outstanding, both on and off the field. The WAFC wants to see the connection, the relationship, the respect and the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the sport continue to grow and develop, and a critical component of this is our Reconciliation Action Plan.
The West Australian Football Commission acknowledges and celebrates the cultures, languages, stories and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the significant impact that they have made to Western Australia, and to football. At the WAFC, we imagine a future where all Australians are united by a shared past, present and future humanity. The WAFC is deeply committed to making this a reality. Reconciliation is a journey of life-long learning and as such we go forward together, connecting, enhancing and building a united community through football for today, and for future generations to come.
Our commitment has never been stronger, and I encourage you to join the WAFC on this journey.