BDO Aspire to be Deadly Hockey celebrates National Reconciliation Week 2018 – Don’t Make History a Mystery


Cairns Hockey thanks the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for providing the ongoing funding for Aspire to be Deadly – the  community support program that makes these projects possible.

Summary of Activities this week


Pormpuraaw ClinicsMonday 28 – Thursday 31st May 2018 

Aspire to be Deadly, NQPHN and Apunipima Health Services will be delivering the Healthy Habits and Healthy Choices Program with Lisa Fatnowna delivering leadership support as part of the role model and ambassador program – highlighting how hockey can drive positive social outcomes across education, health and leadership. Thanks to Fiona Millard a great partner in this program

BDO Nth Qld Indigenous Pathways Support ProgramMonday 28th – Saturday 2nd June 2018


  • training sessions with participants on Monday
  • Saturday support program
  • Continue to work with Tagai State College to ensure pathways for young people into State 12 and Under Schools Hockey Program



Wednesday 30th May 2018 


Aspire to be Deadly continues its collaboration with Cairns West and NQPHN delivering the LEARN WELL,LIVE WELL, LEAD WELL community support program at Cairns West State School. This is a mentor program with Jess Fatnowna attending classes with the Aspire Program Participants and helping them through their learning program in school and then after school supporting them through the hockey training program.

On Wednesday evening, Aspire is invited to be the guest at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards as the 2017 Reconciliation Award Winner in the community category.

Thursday 31st May 2018

Djarragun College  – Sports Camp – in collaboration with Aurukun, Kowanyama, Djarragun and Peace Lutheran College, Hockey Qld requested Aspire to assist in the delivery of hockey as part of the sports camp. It runs within Reconciliation Week and Cairns Hockey were happy to assist our RIHP partners in this endeavour. An anticipated 60 students will be involved in this activity

Cairns Hockey  Aspire, Cairns West and Redlynch College – Reconciliation Week Activity 


  • Cairns Aspire received a grant to deliver Reconciliation Week activities.
  • As part of the collaboration the following program has been confirmed
  • Indigenous Hockey Sticks will be painted and displayed aligning with the theme Don’t keep History a Mystery as part of the Cairns West Aspire local program
  • In addition, an innovative program which will see Cairns West Aspire students lead a hockey clinic and introduce hockey into Redlynch College. Our indigenous young aspire hockey players will highlight the leadership skills and the hockey skills learnt in 2017 and 2018 and share with the Redlynch College students.
  • Thanks Just Hockey for continuing to support this program

About Reconciliation Week Funding

Cairns Hockey received $2000 to support the Reconciliation Week – Don’t keep History a Mystery – Just Hockey is supplying the hockey sticks to be painted and displayed. We thank Cairns West and Redlynch College for supporting this program with the innovative program being delivered. More information to follow


These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) started as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation in 1993 (the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People) and was supported by Australia’s major faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first ‘National Reconciliation Week’. In 2000, Reconciliation Australia was established to continue to provide national leadership on reconciliation. In the same year, approximately 300,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of NRW, showing support for the reconciliation process.
Today NRW is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals at thousands of events across Australia.



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