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Petition to CEO of parkrun Australia
We are calling on this important protocol of acknowledging country and Traditional Owners not to be an optional addition, but instead an integral and compulsory part of every parkrun brief, every week, in every location in Australia, without exception.
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Support parkrun to make Acknowledgement of Country compulsory at all events across Australia
Every Saturday morning at 8am, in 380 beautiful locations across Australia, thousands of runners and walkers enjoy parkrun.
As part of the pre-event parkrun briefing it is not compulsory for parkrun volunteers to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land. That being said, many parkruns opt to do an Acknowledgement of Country to begin the parkrun, which is great. But, we are calling on this important protocol not to be an optional addition, but instead an integral and compulsory part of every parkrun brief, every week, in every location in Australia, without exception.
If parkrun can acknowledge sponsors every week, surely parkrun can acknowledge the Traditional Custodians. It's respectful protocol to include and it will improve local social connection, networks and reconciliation outcomes in the local communities.
Why is an Acknowledgement Country important?
Taking the time to acknowledge Aboriginal Traditional Custodians and Country at parkrun events is a small thing to do but, is one way we can help reduce the barriers for participation and to be more inclusive at events. It recognises the place of Indigenous people as the first custodians of this land and, importantly, promotes awareness of the history and culture of Aboriginal people locally. This increased awareness will help us create a more united Australia, that embraces our history and celebrates Indigenous culture.
Why do we love parkrun?
The team at Clothing The Gaps love the parkrun movement and staff have been involved in the sponsorship and startup of three parkruns in Victoria (Lalor, Darebin and Echuca) which has resulted in an increase of Indigenous participation in these events.
There are many other ways we can make parkrun a more welcoming space for local Indigenous people but at the minimum, let's make sure we acknowledge Country at every event in Australia, every week.
Acknowledgement of Country – more than just an announcement!
I ask you to reflect and consider your thoughts on Acknowledging Traditional Country - and if you’re a parkrunner what are you going to do to make your event culturally safe and inclusive?
No matter where you are running in Australia, you are always running on Traditional Country that Always Was and Always Will Be Aboriginal Land.