FRANKSTON BLUES & BV RECOGNISE FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES AS PART OF NAIDOC WEEK

FRANKSTON BLUES & BV RECOGNISE FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES AS PART OF NAIDOC WEEK

Frankston Blues (FDBA) and Basketball Vicotria will celebrate First Nations communities as part of NAIDOC Week, recognising the important role the competition’s players, staff and volunteers play in the national basketball landscape.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is Heal Country, which calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage.

This week Frankston Blues (FDBA) hosted a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and Didgeridoo Performance in front of Frankston Basketball Stadium performed by Bunurong Land Council elders and officials.

 

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FDBA’s Jarryd Moss spoke about the performance and commitment moving forward.

“The opportunity to host these ceremonies during NAIDOC Week and NBL1 Indigenous Round is significant for our community here at Frankston Basketball”

“We have recently made a commitment to the reconciliation process and events such as this are a demonstration of our commitment to further action moving forward”

“We’d like to thank Shyanna, Sarah, Koorrin, Eric and Uncle Mick from the Bunurong Land Council for allowing us to be a part of these ceremonies”

 

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NBL1 General Manager Dean Anglin noted the importance of this week in the wider basketball community.

“First Nations Australians have laid the foundation for the brilliant standard of basketball we now have in this country, demonstrated by the numerous First Nations peoples playing basketball across the world.

“We are delighted to be able to recognise our First Nations NBL1 players and are committed to doing so beyond NAIDOC Week.

“The NBL1 is continuing to create pathways for First Nations players, coaches, referees and volunteers in our game and is thrilled to have a number of First Nations people in the league.

“We will continue to do all we can to ensure NBL1 makes a meaningful and impactful difference in First Nations communities.”