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Storm to celebrate NAIDOC week

It will be a week of connection and celebration at AAMI Park for Melbourne Storm’s Round 17 matchup against the Canberra Raiders on June 29, with the Club celebrating NAIDOC Week. 

Storm will wear its 2024 Indigenous Jersey ‘KERRBOOONOOL’ in front of its home fans, to help celebrate and promote this year’s NAIDOC week theme, ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud’. 

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.   

After wearing the Club’s Indigenous Jersey for its Indigenous Round clash against the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 12, the Club will get to pull on the jersey in front of home support and celebrate Naarm’s rich First Nations culture. 

As fans make their way into AAMI Park there will be a community smoking ceremony on the external concourse, with Gum leaves gifted off country by Wurundjeri elders as a gesture of welcome to the match. 

The matchday will then be kicked off by an on-field dance ceremony collaboration between three Koorie dance groups – Koorie Youth Will Shake Spears (Yorta Yorta, Gunaikurnai & Gunditjmara), Djirri Djirri (Wurundjeri) and Bandok Tati (Bunurong) as well as a Welcome to Country provided by Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy.

The Storm Community Bay will be made up of members of Victorian First Nations community organisations such as Deadly Choices, Dardi Munwurro, the NRL School to Work program participants and up to 10 First Nations gathering places and community health organisations across the state. 

Food Outlets provided by First Nations community organisations will also be available outside AAMI Park on the day. 

Make sure you don’t miss any of the action by securing your ticket today! 

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.