The Canberra Raiders are proud to be wearing their Indigenous jersey this Saturday when the side faces the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.
The jersey, which was designed by local Indigenous artist Lynnice Church, celebrates the ACT’s Reconciliation Public Holiday which took place at the beginning of last month.
Lynnice Church, who is from the Ngunnawal, Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi tribes, explained that the jersey represents people coming together and the importance of reconciliation.
“It’s an artwork that really represents the importance of being able to come together in a safe place to connect as human beings and people who are working towards reconciliation,” Church said. “Reconciliation is something that we should have as part of our everyday life whether it’s at work or in our personal relationships.”
Church, who has previously held a position on the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, said that the ACT is leading the way on reconciliation and the jersey represents that.
“We’re really setting a good example for the rest of the country about the importance of reconciliation by making that a public holiday,” Church said. “The jersey is about providing the mechanism for people to engage and learn more about each other and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.”
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