In celebration of National Reconciliation Week, the AFL Players’ Association has launched its updated Indigenous Map for 2020.
The map highlights the cultural diversity of the AFL’s Indigenous players with the league’s 87 male players and 22 female players represented across 71 cultural and language groups.
Jarrod Harbrow, who sits on the AFL Players’ Association Indigenous Advisory Board, said the map celebrates the cultural diversity of the AFL’s indigenous population.
“The map represents not only the Indigenous men and women in the AFL, but all their families and connections to country,” Harbrow told aflplayers.com.au
“It’s great to see where everyone is from and the map should be used for cultural education within clubs to learn more about their Indigenous players.”
Neville Jetta, also a member of the IAB, said the map really underlines the influence Indigenous players are having at AFL level.
“When you see the map in its entirety, it really hits home the impact Indigenous footballers are having at the elite level,” Jetta said.
“It’s great to see so many different cultural groups represented and to learn more about the backgrounds of my teammates and opponents. With roughly 10 per cent of the current AFL playing group identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, the map demonstrates the connection the players across the league have to the country’s remote communities and language groups.”
National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 through until June 3.