Victorian National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week has come to a close, and the national celebration is just beginning.

Earlier this year Jy Simpkin, Paul Ahern, Jed Anderson, Kyron Hayden, and Taryn Thomas came together and worked with North staff and the AFL to make NAIDOC celebrations extra special.

The two weeks are all about honouring the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For the players, a visible way to pay tribute is to wear their 2019 Sir Doug Nichols Guernsey, ‘Totem’ again in Round 17 against Essendon. 

The players will run out through a guard of honour which in part will consist of members of the aboriginal players’ families; a testament to the community and strength that it takes for each of us to succeed. 

Additionally, last week’s clash against St Kilda, saw North hold a live Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony and guard of honour with 30 guests from the South East Aboriginal Corporation.  

Come down and celebrate NAIDOC week with the Roos at Marvel Stadium. First bounce at 4.35pm, Saturday 13 July.