Jingeri - Welcome

Over 80 Gold Coast SUNS Administration and Football Staff undertook a Cultural Awareness and Education session to help better understand our club’s cultural journey.

The session was conducted by elders from the Yugambeh Regional Aboriginal Cooperation Alliance (YRACA) with the aim of helping staff members understand our First Nations history and culture.

The Yugambeh language group is located from the Logan River in the north, to the Tweed River in the south and incorporates everywhere from the beach, to Beaudesert in the west.

The Gold Coast region is also home to the Kombumerri Salt Water people.

Uncle Ted Williams, Aunty Mary Graham, Uncle John Graham and Craig Williams spoke to staff about the local history of the Yugambeh people, their beliefs, traditions and culture.

The two-and-a-half-hour interactive session provided information about sacred sites across the Gold Coast, their meaning and how some of the region’s most popular locations were originally formed.

Session one was focussed on Cultural Awareness, however staff will undertake two more sessions based around Cultural Integration and Cultural Competency.

Following the announcement just over a week ago that SUNS Player Jy Farrar had designed a painting to signify our cultural journey as a football club, Uncle Ted, Aunty Mary, Uncle John and Craig had the honour of being the first to have their fingerprints etched onto the canvas. A significant and befitting milestone to launch the initiative.

Please visit www.yraca.org.au for more information on how your organisation can educate themselves on the traditional owners of the Gold Coast Region.

Nya Nyah Bu – See you again