ICC wins first KARI Foundation Corporate Cultural Games Day as it celebrates NAIDOC Week
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ICC wins first KARI Foundation Corporate Cultural Games Day as it celebrates NAIDOC Week

In another effort to reconcile with Australia’s First Nations, the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, celebrated NAIDOC Week by being named the winner of the inaugural KARI Foundation Corporate Cultural Games Day.

Putting their knowledge of First Nations culture to the test, the ICC Sydney Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group competed alongside eight other organizations in four separate sessions led by the KARI Steering Group.

They then demonstrated their new skills, including throwing spears and boomerangs, fire lighting, cooking and painting, as well as their historical and cultural knowledge.

Samantha Glass, Director of Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, said: “KARI is an active and valued partner of ICC Sydney’s Legacy program, and the venue team is proud to foster recognition of First Nations culture among local, national and international audiences through this special connection.

“Facilitated by KARI’s Cultural Guardians under the leadership of KARI Executive Director Casey Ralph and Business Director Cain Slater, it was an honour and privilege to develop our knowledge and skills through this dynamic, insightful and fun team building event.

“Being named a recipient is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group to embed inclusive cultural practices into our operations,” Glass said.

Under the tutelage of KARI Cultural Unit Manager Troy Dargan, ICC Sydney representatives learned how to accurately throw a woomera (spear) and boomerang, practised the ‘fire drill’ method of lighting a fire with two wooden sticks and baked quiches with an emu egg, topped with indigenous ingredients such as warragal leaves, sundried tomatoes and garnished with peppercorns.

The team won the quiz which tested their knowledge of First Nations history, arts, culture and sports. Murrawarri-descended art teacher Danielle Mate sparked the creativity of the ICC Sydney team, guiding them to produce an artwork that combined traditional First Nations symbolism and storytelling techniques.

Cain Slater, KARI Commercial Director, said: “We would like to extend a huge congratulations to our partner, ICC Sydney, for helping to make our first corporate cultural games event of NAIDOC Week 2024 a success – Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud.

“It was a truly memorable day and the ICC Sydney team contributed to the day’s activities with great spirit and camaraderie. We thank the ICC Sydney team for helping to create an atmosphere of learning, connection and fun. As we continue to celebrate NAIDOC Week, we remain committed to keeping the flame alive and fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate and celebrate with the ICC Sydney team and all our business partners in the future,” Slater said.

Internally, ICC Sydney partners with KARI to engage team members in fundraising, volunteering, donation drives and cultural awareness training. Opportunities such as the City2Surf Fun Run, KARI Christmas Appeal and Talking Circles are easily included in the team’s calendar.

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