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Fremantly Football Club

Freo recognised by Kimberley Stolen Generations

KSGAC executive officer Hanisi Fitzhardinge presents Indigenous and multicultural liaison officer MIchael Johnson with a certificate to acknowledgement. - Fremantle,Fremantle Dockers
KSGAC executive officer Hanisi Fitzhardinge presents Indigenous and multicultural liaison officer MIchael Johnson with a certificate to acknowledgement.

Fremantle have been recognised by the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation for continuing to show support and raise awareness of the Stolen Generations.

The club featured the Sorry Day Flower on their Indigenous guernseys, with the permission of the KSGAC, and purchased Sorry Day pins for players, coaches and staff to wear during Sir Doug Nicholls Round and National Reconciliation Week.

Fremantle also welcomed Elders and KSGAC staff during the club’s round 10 Sir Doug Nicholls Round game against Brisbane, which included a half-time visit from non-playing players and access to the change rooms to meet players and coaches after the game.

Hanisi Fitzhardinge, the KSGAC executive officer, presented the club with a certificate to acknowledge this ongoing support.

In return, the club presented the KSGAC with a signed Indigenous jumper for display in their Broome office as a sign of the club’s gratitude for being able to feature the Sorry Day Flower on their Indigenous guernseys.

In 1996 the Kimberley Stolen Generation Committee was formed with representatives from all the working groups. The committee was incorporated in 2001 as the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation.

The corporation has carried out activities and projects that acknowledge the experiences of members of the Stolen Generations and help them come to terms with it. 

KSGAC provides a Link-Up Service for Indigenous people who have lost touch with their families. They also offer healing art classes, facilitate oral histories and database projects and helps people with applications and referrals for counseling support as part of the National Redress Scheme.

To learn more about their work or purchase your own Sorry Flower visit kimberleystolengeneration.com.au.

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