acknowledgement of country.
we acknowledge the Ngunnawal & Ngambri people, the traditional owners of the land we call home at BlocHaus Canberra — we recognise their continuing connection to country & pay respect to Elders past & present, & all First Nations people in our community — sovereignty was never ceded.
BlocHaus Canberra stands on the land of the the Ngunnawal & Ngambri people, whose histories, cultures & futures are intimately tied with Country.
The theme of NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Heal Country’, something which our crew & community can all take to heart. Heal Country is a call for all of us to work together to better protect Country & an opportunity for non-First Nations people to learn about what Country means to Traditional Owners.
While we enjoy the outdoors & benefit from the land on which we live, work & play, it is important to remember that this is Aboriginal land & that sovereignty was never ceded.
BlocHaus accepts the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
access is no accident.
we can all do our bit to keep our climbing areas clean, minimise our impact, pay respect to Traditional Owners & learn more about the Country we climb on.
fostering diversity & inclusion is a key value at BlocHaus — we aim to provide an environment that’s welcoming to all humans regardless of their gender identity or sexuality & to create a space where LGBTQ+ folk can be themselves & feel supported to learn new skills, participate in climbing activities & find a sense of belonging in the community.
in early 2020 we partnered with LGBTQ+ inclusive climbing organisation, ClimbingQTs to work together toward supporting our diverse community & see ourselves in a place where:
- LGBTQ+ climbers feel welcomed, recognised & feel free to be themselves.
- the broader climbing community benefits from the diversity of our community
- our work influences other climbing organisations to take action in the LGBTQ+ inclusion space.
BlocHaus LGBTQ+ inclusion guide.
our statement of commitment & a guide for all members of our community.
want to be involved or just want to know more? get in touch.
if you have witnessed or been the target of bullying, harassment &/or vilification of any kind we encourage you to get in touch with a BlocHaus LGBTQ+ inclusion champion.
nikki phillips (she/her)
BlocHaus MLB LGBTQ+ Inclusion Champion
kim phan (they/them)
BlocHaus MKV LGBTQ+ inclusion champion
treat everyone with equality.
Be aware of your implicit biases. Next time you meet someone new, think of the first thing that comes to mind. Then, think about how that influences your actions.
elevate the voices of LGBTQ+ climbers.
Make space for LGBTQ+ folks to contribute and participate. More representation means more young people will see themselves reflected in the community.
stand up for our rights.
Your opinion can carry more weight than an LGBTQ+ person speaking for their own rights. Call out bad behaviour and educate others where you can. Remember: not all underrepresented groups feel oppressed.
create an inclusive culture.
Consider the spaces we create in climbing and actively welcome others in. Engage openly in shared spaces at the crag, gym and in between. Think about how you can give back.
Always ask and never assume what pronouns someone uses. If you forget, it’s okay to ask. If you get it wrong, apologise, move on and try again! If someone corrects you, accept it with grace.
do your own research.
It’s great to be curious about LGBTQ+ culture and issues but not all LGBTQ+ people want to be the source of this information. If you can, do your own research. If it’s appropriate, let’s discuss!
If you want to share advice, ask first and then offer. What works for one person’s body may not work for someone else. The more open minded we can be about different and unique capabilities, the more we will all be able to challenge expectations and start crushing projects!
make it visible.
Wear your allyship with pride, whether that’s sharing a post online, wearing a pronoun badge or flying a rainbow flag at your gym. Openly share that you’re an ally so that your friends know where you stand.
find out more at the climbing QTs website:
fridays from 5pm.
- 20% off entry & free shoe hire
- social night to make new friends & share beta
- good tunes & good vibes
SHE/THEY/WE BOULDERS fridays is about making space for women, non-binary folk, trans & genderqueer folk to feel psyched & supported to climb, socialise & find a sense of community in the haus.