GIANTS launch new Walkabout Indigenous program for Western Sydney students
13 Jul 2018
WestConnex community partner GWS GIANTS has rolled out a new Indigenous cultural program for primary school students in western Sydney, aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of Australia’s rich Indigenous history.
Sydney Motorway Corporation CEO Dennis Cliche said the GIANTS’ first Walkabout day formed part of its GIANTS Care program and coincided with NAIDOC week celebrations.
“Sydney Motorway Corporation, which is delivering WestConnex, is proud to support the GIANTS Walkabout initiative, which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Mr Cliche said.
“At WestConnex we’re committed to achieving better outcomes for local communities in western Sydney and we’re delighted that through our support the GIANTS Care program has been expanded to include this new initiative.
“Primary school students from Sefton Infants and Blackett Primary School were the first schools to take part in the program where they learnt about Indigenous dance, didgeridoo, storytelling and mural painting.”
“Throughout the year, up to 10 schools from across western Sydney will have the opportunity to take part in this education program.”
GIANTS Indigenous player Zac Williams also joined students for the day and shared in learning a new welcome dance, and some of the Indigenous sporting games.
“This program helps teach students the importance of having a strong connection to Indigenous culture which has been a big part of my life,” Williams said.
“At the GIANTS, we pride ourselves on being a family club that brings people together and the Walkabout Indigenous Program is central to this.”
Mr Cliche said WestConnex and the GIANTS both launched their Reconciliation Action Plans last year, a key step towards building avenues for genuine inclusion through a better understanding of our country’s history.
“One of our organisation’s core values is understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and celebrating cultural diversity,” Mr Cliche said.
“Working collaboratively with the GIANTS to support cultural awareness programs like Walkabout reinforces our commitment to understanding our Indigenous histories and cultures and the unique culture of Australia’s First Peoples.”