The connection to and recognition of our Indigenous people through rugby league in Victoria is celebrated across a range of partnerships and programs at Storm.
While our club is built on the foundations of many cultures, the place we play and train stands on the lands of the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.
Storm Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Our vision for reconciliation is for an Australia where there is no gap between the life opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australians.
Our vision is that we are a Club where the actions and activities of our players and employees demonstrate an authentic respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through demonstrating tangible support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and their communities.
Melbourne Storm launched its RAP in 2011 and over that time we have come a long way and made some terrific progress. In particular we have strengthened our relationships with many community-focused organisations, such as Dardi Munwurro.
To view our RAP click here.
School to Work
The Melbourne Storm ‘School to Work’ program is funded and supported by the Australian Government and uses the positive profile of rugby league to support and encourage Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete their schooling and successfully transition into further education or employment.
If you would like to be a part of the program, or would like more information please contact Lyndall Down on 0459 874 170 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dardi Munwurro Partnership
Melbourne Storm is proud to be able to support the Dardi Munwurro which delivers healing and behaviour change programs tailored to Indigenous men and youth, to equip Aboriginal men to become leaders, role models and mentors within their communities.
The Club not only helps to raise funding for Dardi Munwurro's services but also supports the annual Victorian Men's Gathering held at AAMI Park, which aims to shine a spotlight on issues facing the Indigenous community including mental health, family violence, alcohol and drugs.
NRL Indigenous Round
A key element of recognising our Indigenous people and their contribution to our game has been done through the NRL Indigenous Round and All Stars fixtures.
The NRL has made Indigenous Round an annual feature to highlight the importance of understanding and appreciating Indigenous history and culture in order to build a better future.
The focus in 2020 was about encouraging fans to learn about the traditional custodians of the land where they live.
The lists of player ancestries were compiled through consultation with clubs, venues, players, local councils, local Aboriginal land councils and local community groups.