Collingwood Football Club’s Reconciliation Action Plan
What’s a RAP?
A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) turns good intentions into real actions. It’s about creating meaningful relationships, enhancing respect and promoting sustainable opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The RAP program developed by Reconciliation Australia includes four types – Reflect, Innovate, Stretch and Elevate. Each offers a different level of engagement and support.
In developing a Reflect RAP, Collingwood Football Club committed to completing a number of actions over 12 months to ensure the club are well positioned to implement effective and mutually beneficial initiatives as part of future Reconciliation Action Plans.
Collingwood has a number of programs and partnerships designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians including:
- The Barrawarn Program
- Direct employment
- Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round
- Program launches/activities and events.
The club’s future RAPs will identify relationships, opportunities and actions specific to our business and its sphere of influence.
RAP artwork by Tammy Chatfield
Tammy Chatfield created the artwork for the Collingwood Football Club’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Each element of the design represents:
- Feathers represent strength, communication and inclusion.
- The Yarra River represents the direction and course of the Yarra River from Victoria Park to the Holden Centre (old club to new club site).
- Circles represent ancestral knowledge that exists with the land.
- The magpie claw print represents a forward-looking direction by community and club.