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Reconciliatory action and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Inclusion for indigenous Australian women?

O'Shea, M, Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698 and Stronach, M 2020 , 'Reconciliatory action and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Inclusion for indigenous Australian women?' , Sporting Traditions, vol. 37, no. 2 , pp. 69-89 .

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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018)were branded innovative and inclusive — an opportunity for allAustralians, including Indigenous Australians—to showcase theirculture and talents. Underpinning this inclusivity, Games partners,including Indigenous Elders, developed a Reconciliation ActionPlan (RAP), the first delivered by a major Australian sport event.Acknowledging the Games’ recent staging and gender equity objectives,this research explores how the GC2018 RAP enabled the inclusion ofIndigenous Australian women. A social inclusion framework based onfour inclusion dimensions—spatial, relational, functional and power—frames our examination of the implementation of the RAP. In applyingthis framework, the research informs critical debates concernedwith understanding RAP outcomes and effects. Key themes includemaking space for Indigeneity, cultural belonging, skills and leadershipopportunities and enabling the Indigenous voice. The study findingscan inform future planning of reconciliatory activities associated withsport events.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:O'Shea, M and Maxwell, H and Stronach, M
Keywords: inclusion, Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), Aboriginal, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Indigenous Women
Journal or Publication Title: Sporting Traditions
Publisher: Australian Society for Sports History
ISSN: 0813-2577
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