Always Was, Always Will Be.
Racing Queensland will celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2020 as part of its commitment to strengthening its relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
To mark the occasion, RQ will stage a race meeting for each of its three codes of racing to shine a light on its NAIDOC Week activities. They are:
- Greyhounds @ Ipswich 12/11 – RQ NAIDOC Celebration Chase;
- Thoroughbreds @ Doomben 14/11 – RQ NAIDOC Celebration Race; and
- Harness @ Albion Park 14/11 – RQ NAIDOC Celebration Pace.
Each meeting will feature Indigenous ceremonial aspects including a Welcome to Country; Smoking Ceremony; and didgeridoo player.
Queensland racing industry participants will also be involved through specially commissioned handler’s bibs, strappers bibs, saddle cloths, harness helmet covers, harness colours and winners’ presentation rugs.
At the conclusion of each race, the winning connections of each code will receive a NAIDOC Week Trophy.
Earlier this year, RQ submitted its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan to Reconciliation Australia.
Over the next 12 months, RQ will use its RAP to formally embark on the journey of reconciliation.
The RAP will provide the foundation for RQ to build trust and strengthen relationships both internally and externally; deepen its understanding and respect for First People’s rich history, cultures and achievements; and to promote sustainable partnerships and opportunities with local communities.