Call to replace "Indigenous" with "First Nations"......... I like it!
Instead of using the "Indigenous" tag, he called the talent-spotting rugby sevens program "First Nations", to create a more inclusive feel to what is an important program for the sport.
"The 'First Nations' term not only recognises [Aboriginal] people as the sovereign people of our land but it also recognises the unique language groups and sovereign nations that exist," Hodges said.
"The term 'Indigenous' is really linked with the White Australia policy.
"I guess here in Australia it is a new term because we haven't necessarily acknowledged the first people."
Hodges says the idea to call the program "First Nations" came to him after seeing how some other countries celebrate their traditional owners, using a similar term.
"Canada is probably one of the leaders around the world pushing for the rights of native people and acknowledging the differences that exist," he said.
"The word 'Aboriginal' or 'Indigenous' just brackets everyone but we know we have differences.
"There are over 250 nations and language groups across the country.
"We have got saltwater people, we have got desert people, we have got freshwater people, for example."https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12...ous/11787716