Reconciliation Action Plan
MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
The St George Illawarra Rugby League Football Club is committed to sustained success on and off the field and understands that the foundation of its success is in the relationship that it has developed and maintained with its community. The club respects the unique position of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of our nation, and values the contribution they make to our country, our community, to our sport and to our club.
It is with great pleasure that I, on behalf of the St George Illawarra Dragons, present our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2017-2019.
The development of our Reconciliation Action Plan, has involved a review of all existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commitments, the formal establishment of RAP working group, and collaborative and consultative engagement of staff across our organisation, as well as other key community and corporate stakeholders. This will not only enable our club to develop programs towards reconciliation but will also inspire and encourage our stakeholders to do the same.
We are extremely proud to partner with the University of Wollongong in the delivery of a range of resources and indigenous programs to schools across our region. We have had a long standing relationship with the University of Wollongong (UOW), and in 2017, with former Prime Minister John Howard present, officially extended our Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement to 2020. The RAP draws on this partnership to expand our already significant contributions to community.
The Dragons core values of pride, respect, inclusion and commitment are the keystones of our business and this RAP is an extension of our club behaviours. The 2017-2019 Reconciliation Action Plan sets ambitious targets of which we are confident we will achieve through strong leadership.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
The St George Illawarra Dragons acknowledge the traditional owners of the Dharawal/Tharawal land, where our games are played, where our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.
We pay our respects to the elders, past, present and future, as traditional custodians of country.
We acknowledge the consequences of the impact of western settlement for peoples, communities and our nation. We believe we can walk together to a better future and are committed to reconciliation and to promoting greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures within our catchment and the wider community.