The AFL Players’ Association has launched its updated Indigenous Map to coincide with the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
The map features the culture and/or language groups of AFL and AFLW Indigenous players, highlighting the cultural diversity within the AFLPA’s Indigenous membership.
More than 50 cultural and language groups are represented in this map and the 11 AFLW Indigenous players have been included for the first time.
The 2017 version of the Indigenous Map carries extra significance because it’s the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.
Former AFL player Tony Armstrong, who now works with the AFL Players’ Association as the Indigenous and Multicultural Program Coordinator, says the map identifies the far-reaching nature of the game.
“To have more than 50 culture groups represented on the map shows how far and wide the game spreads,” Armstrong explained.
“The map is a great visual representation of how diverse Indigenous Australia is and it shines a light on just how remote some of the communities are.
“We can also see how strong family bond can be in Indigenous culture with many players representing more than one culture group.”
The map was first produced in 2005, while the online version became available in 2014.