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The Football West banner recognising National Reconciliation Week is on St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Football shows support for National Reconciliation Week

Football West News

Football West has joined more than 150 organisations in showing support for National Reconciliation Week by sponsoring banners across the city as part of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs’ Street Banner Project.

The project, which was founded in 2011, encourages organisations to recognise the influence of Aboriginal people through a series of banners displaying images that promote reconciliation.

Football West Chief Executive James Curtis was delighted to be able to acknowledge the role Aboriginal people continued to play in football during such an important week.

“It’s important that clubs, players and volunteers continue to recognise and celebrate the contributions Aboriginal people have made to football in WA,” he said.

“Football is an inclusive sport that welcomes participants from all cultures, which is demonstrated in the demographics of our registered players and the participants in our development programs.

“We are particularly fortunate to have increasing numbers of Aboriginal people being attracted to competitions and programs in regional areas and we will continue to improve our engagement through inclusive programs in coming years.”

The 2017 Reconciliation week, which runs from May 27 to June 3, reflects on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey.

May 27 will mark 50 years since the 1967 referendum when more than 90 per cent of Australians voted for the Government to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise them in the national census.

June 3 commemorates 25 years since the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision, which legally recognised the special relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the land and paved the way for Native Title.

The Football West banner is on St Georges Terrace.

Click here for more information on National Reconciliation Week.