The Barrawarn is Collingwood key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program.
Barrawarn is the Woi Wurrung language word for the Magpie.
The Barrawarn Program was originally launched in 2011 to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria, with the aim to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through employment and educational opportunities and to tackle disadvantage through increased economic participation and development.
These activities have included partnerships with ATSIC, the Yuendumu Magpies, the Rumbalara Football & netball Club, Fitzroy Stars along with visits to remote communities in the Northern Territory, Marngrook Curtain Raiser games at the MCG and the hosting of groups from remote communities from all around Australia.
In the past the Collingwood Foundation has provided more than $500,000 in funding to support full and part time traineeships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria with AFL Sportsready and AFL Victoria and a range of corporate partners.
Collingwood also appointed a full time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs Manager to develop and manage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs and partnerships.
The Barrawarn Program has the responsibility of numerous key actions, including but not limited to:
- The roll out of the Clubs RAP- Reconciliation Action Plan
- Development and management of Sir Doug Nicholls Round Guernsey Competition
- Delivery of Cultural Awareness Programs to staff and athletes
- Management of partnerships such as Ganbina, and Dardi Munwurro
- Secreteriat support of the RAP Working Group
- Community donations program- boots, apparel, community bay tickets, equipment
- Works across all codes at the Club