We believe in acknowledging and celebrating the rich heritage and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We understand that for far too long, their history has been excluded from Australian narratives, national symbols, and even the democratic process. This historical exclusion has contributed to the disparities and inequities that exist between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the population today.
Ending Exclusion and Fostering Respect
We firmly believe that recognizing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all aspects of our organization is a crucial step toward ending exclusion and fostering respect. That is why we have incorporated protocols for welcoming and acknowledging Indigenous peoples into our official meetings and events. By doing so, we honor them as the traditional owners of the land on which our association resides, demonstrating our deep respect and commitment.
Acknowledging Indigenous Significance
We acknowledge the significance of Indigenous peoples and their ongoing importance to our association and the wider community. We recognise that Indigenous participation is vital to the success and growth of the Southern Peninsula Basketball Association.
Closing the Health Gap
We are aware of the health disparities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in terms of physical inactivity. With an estimated 38,000 Victorian Aboriginal peoples, half of whom are under 18 years old and living in urban areas, it is crucial that we prioritize basketball as a means to contribute to closing the health gap. By promoting active participation and providing accessible pathways, we hope to support the overall well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Building Intercultural Relationships
At SPBA, we are committed to developing greater participation and fostering positive outcomes for all individuals involved in our pathways. We are actively working towards building intercultural relationships, embracing diversity, and creating a supportive environment for everyone.
When we speak of “Country” in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, we understand that it encompasses much more than mere land ownership. It represents a deep connection to ancestral homelands, tribal or clan areas, and the values, resources, stories, and cultural obligations associated with them. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, even if not title-holders to the land, continue to be connected to the Country of their ancestors and consider themselves custodians and caretakers.
We Pay Our Respects
Finally, we would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land. We honor their Elders, past, present, and future, as we continue our journey towards inclusivity, respect, and understanding.
For more information, please contact our Pathways Administrator, Jade Odom, at email@example.com.
Join us at Southern Peninsula Basketball Association as we embrace diversity, celebrate Indigenous heritage, and work together to build a stronger, more inclusive community.