It’s National Reconciliation Week! This year marks 20 years of Reconciliation Australia, and we’re shining a light on a fantastic organisation, the Australian Football Indigenous Corporation (AFIC).

The AFIC was established to bring First Nations Peoples from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities together across the nation to play sport and share their culture.

Through funding provided by the Queensland Government, the AFIC have hosted a number of successful football (soccer) tournaments, including an exhibition match in 2019 between Queensland Police Service officers and First Nations community representatives.

It was more than just a football match, as it brought the community together to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements. Relationships built during the tournament continued and the AFIC facilitated further collaboration opportunities with the Queensland Government, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland Police Service, and a number of local companies. The unveiling of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mural in June 2021 with the Queensland Police Service is one such example of these relationships thriving.

AFIC member Yvonne, said sport, particularly football, provides the platform to connect and bring people together as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly, as a nation. Programs and projects that greatly benefit communities are inspired by these relationships and help improve reconciliation.

We are committed to actively working towards establishing collaborative partnerships and supporting organisations like the AFIC.

This is a release from the Queensland Government Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.