Showcasing Indigenous culture to the world
Victoria has a unique and diverse Indigenous culture and heritage that is echoed in the State’s Indigenous businesses, artists and performers.
From eco tourism to visual arts, performance to catering, horticulture to glass manufacturing and artefact management to bush foods, the breadth and depth of Victoria’s Indigenous industries is vast.
The Games offer the perfect opportunity to tell the rest of the world about the history, the culture and the vibrancy of Indigenous Victoria.
And representatives from Indigenous Victorian communities have developed a strategy that will help achieve just that.
Respecting Indigenous Communities is aimed at increasing representation and participation of Indigenous Victoria across all aspects of the Games - from promoting Indigenous tourist destinations to highlighting Indigenous customs and protocols.
The strategy’s vision is to:
- Ensure the Games will recognise, respect and celebrate Indigenous communities.
- Ensure access and inclusion for Indigenous Victorians in the Games and Games-related activities and events.
- Grow Indigenous Victoria by taking advantage of Games-related business, employment, training and volunteer opportunities.
While the strategy is more than a set of initiatives, there are also activities and programs that are specific to Indigenous Victorians. These include:
- A Games-time showcase program that will highlight Indigenous Victorian businesses, art, culture and heritage.
- Traditional welcomes for athletes and officials.
- A business training program that assists emerging Indigenous Victorian businesses get Games-ready.
- A state-wide sports participation program for Indigenous communities.
- Promotion of Indigenous Victoria through key community programs such as education, business, sport, employment and Games festivals and celebrations.
For more information, visit the Respecting Indigenous Communities section of the Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination.