Nations of Origin
Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which is held annually in July – in close proximity to NAIDOC week. The program has 4 main components: reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport. It is aimed at increasing school retention with all participants required to have an 80 per cent school attendance to be eligible to participate. All participating sporting teams must consist of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people with a ratio of 70:30 in the formation of the teams.
Cultural identity is a focal point of the project with all teams representing their community under their traditional local Aboriginal nation name from their area, with uniforms adorned with totems of their Aboriginal nation. This provides an opportunity for non-Aboriginal young people to learn about their local Aboriginal culture and foster relationships and understanding between local cultures.
In 2017, the tournament will have three sports available for young people to participate: rugby league 7s, football 5s and netball. All competitions are conducted in conjunction with the peak sporting bodies, ensuring young people have development pathways in their chosen sport.
Held over the past three years, Nations of Origin has quickly became the largest Aboriginal youth sporting event in NSW with more than 3500 participants since the inception of the program.