EFFC Celebrates NAIDOC Week

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 9:06 AM

The East Fremantle Football Club celebrated NAIDOC week with a Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country last night.

In front of our senior and colts playing group, coaches, staff and directors, Aboriginal Elders Oral McGuire and Walter McGuire performed the ceremony. Colts player, Jonathon Garlett played the didgeridoo as The Sharks were asked to make their way through the smoke, which has cleansing properties and the ability to ward off bad spirits from the people and the land, making a pathway for a brighter future.

The Club stands on Wajuk land and we are proud to recognise the traditional landowners.

This was an inaugural event for East Fremantle, an initiative led by Captain Jonathon Griffin and we look forward to making it an annual event. 

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.