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CLOSING THE GAP

CLOSING THE GAP 2015-12-07T08:44:20+00:00

The Social Justice Report 2005 headed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, which emphasised areas of concern in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.

The Social Justice Report 2005 headed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, which emphasised areas of concern in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. The Report called for Australian Governments to commit to bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians health and life expectation equality within 25 years.

The Close The Gap crusade calls on not only the Federal Government but State and Territory Governments as well.

The campaign incorporates more than 40 Indigenous and Non Indigenous organisations as well the seventy – five thousand Australians that have pledged to support the movement to legitimately Close The Gap and achieve equality among Indigenous and non – Indigenous Australians.

FOGS is proudly associated with this project and is one of the forty organisations who have pledged their support. FOGS focus on three main areas; education, employment and health.

FOGS provides continuing support through the continuation of our Indigenous and Careers Expos, Mentoring Programs (Hope Vale Mentoring Program and FOGS Mentoring Program) as well as a numerous visits throughout the year to remote communities that include Cooktown, Hopevale and The Cape.

FOGS work to date has been appreciated immensely and we are continually asked to extend our role in influencing positive sustained behavioural change in employment, health and education. The FOGS board and executive strongly believe that we as an organisation have a serious role to play in Closing the Gap in those three key areas.

Our members (almost 30% of whom identify as Indigenous) are made up of arguably the highest profiled Indigenous people in Queensland and NSW (especially in sport) and they are very keen for us to enhance our role in the lives of their extended families and communities.

FOGS in 2009 are dedicated to their involvement in current programs and are eager to continue their support throughout the duration of the year.