The Gold Coast SUNS have taken part in a cultural celebration at the Austworld Centre as part of the club’s NAIDOC Week activities.
NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations culture and histories, and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuing living cultures on earth.
Facilitated by proud Kuku Yalanji woman from Far North Queensland Lalania Fa’aaefili and SUNS Indigenous Programs Coordinator Jarrod Harbrow, the activities involved traditional paintings, jewellery making, spear throwing and tasting of Indigenous foods.
“NAIDOC Week is always a special week in the calendar for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and it was great to have so much representation as a club to celebrate the occasion,” Harbrow said.
“Importantly for us at the Gold Coast SUNS, Indigenous culture is acknowledged and celebrated throughout the entire year and not just on these particular dates.
“We’ve made a commitment as an organisation to continue to play our role in driving celebration, discussion and education around Indigenous cultures.
"We have nine Indigenous players through both our AFL and AFLW teams and it was great to see some of them in attendance to celebrate with staff as well."
Staff and players contributed to a cultural piece of artwork, including Indigenous symbols and storytelling which will be featured in the club’s social content this weekend.
Continuing the club's commitment to NAIDOC Week, Indigenous artists Busby Marou and Budjerah will be performing live at Metricon Stadium for Round 17 this weekend.
The SUNS will also be wearing the club’s Indigenous guernsey against Richmond, for a fourth time this season.
Make sure to arrive well before 4pm for the pre-game entertainment of Busby Marou, with Budjerah set to take the stage during half-time.