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Richmond supports National Congress Accord

Richmond CEO Brendon Gale with National Congress co-chair Jackie Huggins at the Club on Thursday.

Richmond is the first sporting club signatory to a National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Accord, reaffirming its commitment to supporting Indigenous Australians.

As a signatory to the Accord, Richmond and its centre for Indigenous youth, the Korin Gamadji Institute, will continue to promote measures that advance stronger relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

The Club and the KGI will also promote the domestic implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (Congress) was established in 2010 and is a national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“The Club is firmly committed to strengthening relationships between all Australians,” said Richmond CEO Brendon Gale said.

“We are proud of the work we do through the Korin Gamadji Institute, which provides programming to develop the next generation of resilient and culturally affirmed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

“We are the only sporting club in Australia to hold an Elevate status Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and this commitment further underlines our leadership.

“We look forward to working alongside the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples to further our commitment to supporting Indigenous Australians.”

Korin Gamadji Director Aaron Clark was pleased to announce the Club’s commitment to the Accord.

“The Accord aligns perfectly with the values and purpose of the Club and the hard work it does throughout the community,” Clark said.

“This extends to our many stakeholders and partners in the Indigenous community.”

Congress co-chairs Rod Little and Jackie Huggins said they looked forward to working alongside Richmond and the KGI.

“Congress is very excited about this opportunity, through trusting relationships shared objectives are more likely to be achieved and we can celebrate together,” Little said.

“Richmond Football Club and National Congress share the same dream in that investing in our youth through sport and education, can provide real and tangible opportunities for better life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Huggins said.

For more information on the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, please click here.