OUR FIRST NATIONS

We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of this land that we live and play on. We recognise that this land always was and always will be Aboriginal land and we pay our respects to elders, past, present and emerging.

This page was authored in collaboration with South Australian First Nations Athlete, Renai Fejo.

2022 NBL1 CENTRAL FIRST NATIONS ATHLETE MAP

The 2022 NBL1 Central First Nations Athlete map was created by South Australian, First Nations Athlete, Renai Fejo. The purpose of the map is to recognise our First Nations Athletes in the NBL1 Central Conference.

I created the map, to be able to share and inspire our next young athletes who are aspiring to play at the NBL1 level or further to the NBL or WNBL in the future. Each athlete is sharing with the wider community where they come from and showing we all come from different parts of Australia. To me, it means a lot to be able to share a part of my Culture with the basketball community but also gives me the opportunity to educate people of the many Nations within Australia that we have.

Renai Fejo, Woodville Warriors Basketball Club
Kaurna and Peramangk is acknowledged as the land we play on. 

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Torres Strait Sabai Islands

Larrakia | Ngalakan | Jawoyn

Larrakia | Ngalakan | Jawoyn

Larrakia | Ngalakan | Jawoyn

Jaru | Yolgnu | Kija

  Wirangu | Narangga | Noongar | Yamatji

Arrente | Larrakia | Warumungu

2022 NAIDOC WEEK

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year, to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

To learn more about the importance and history of NAIDOC Week, click here to visit naidoc.org.au

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Click to Read NAIDOC History Resource

WHAT DOES NAIDOC MEAN TO YOU?

As part of understanding the importance and history of NAIDOC Week, we asked our First Nations athletes: “What does NAIDOC mean to you?”

Trasen Pickett-Smith

"NAIDOC week for me means to celebrate my culture and recognise the history and achievements of Aboriginal people."

Alex Wilson

"Being a First Nations athlete is important to me to be able to inspire young First Nations boys and girls that they can do anything they put their mind too."

Emillie Walsh

"Being a First Nations athlete means a lot to me. Playing for and representing my people is such a privilege and I’m just happy for the opportunity to play and have fun "

Renai Fejo

"NAIDOC to me means being able to celebrate my culture with my mob and the community and embrace who we are as a Nation."

Evei Kleinig

"To me, NAIDOC week is a week where we are able to celebrate our culture and our ancestors. It is a week when we reflect the past, live in the present and change the future."

Ashalea Perry

"It means a lot to me being a First Nations athlete. I get to meet and make long-lasting connections and relationships with other athletes. It means that I get to express myself and my culture through the thing I love to do most, playing basketball. Most of all it makes me proud to be who I am."

Chloe Purvis

"To me, NAIDOC week is a celebration of our culture and an opportunity to show others how strong that culture still is. It also celebrates all those who have driven change in the past and those who are continuing to try and make a change in the present."

Jasmin Fejo

"Get to walk around being proud of where we come from n having our Culture celebrated and recognised. Being able to be someone the next generation looks up to."

Daniel Fejo

"NAIDOC week is an opportunity for all to come together and educate ourselves on how we can move forward positively."

FIrst Nations Socials (7)

Iesha Smith

"Being a First Nations athlete means that I have the ability to inspire and empower other First Nation athletes to achieve whatever they set their minds too."

Chris Decrea

"NAIDOC means to me a celebration and appreciation of the culture of my people. It is an opportunity all Australians get to acknowledge and understand our culture and the history of this nation. It is also an opportunity our community gets to continue to educate our youth to ensure we stay connected to the land and continue our cultural and spiritual beliefs for many years to come."

FIrst Nations Socials (21)

Zac Scott

"NAIDOC is a time that we get to come together and celebrate culture across the nation and be able to celebrate the Blak Excellence we have achieved."

2022 NBL1 CENTRAL FIRST NATIONS ROUND

2022 NBL1 FIRST NATIONS ARTWORK

2022 NBL1 First Nations Artwork created by NBLs, First Persons and Multicultural Support Liaison, Janelle McQueen, a Wiradjuri woman from Wagga Wagga, Leeton area.

Janelle has been a commercial Aboriginal artist for over 15 years and has worked for the NBL for the past year.

This painting expresses the uniqueness of the NBL1 and depicts the coming together and unity of all States and Territories from the beginning, the present and into the future. The painting has been created using Wiradjuri traditional tree carving symbols.

The main element of the painting is the basketball in the middle, which represents the game of basketball with the shape of a ceremonial shield to represent coming together; with five male players, five women players and two referees.

The boomerangs represent the eight States and Territories as the teams travel to play against each other. The two lines on the ends mean travelling tracks.

The other main element is the groups of players, family, clubs, and overall communities who support the NBL1 league, the hard workers who devote their time and lives to basketball.

2022 NBL1 CENTRAL FIRST NATIONS FIXTURE

Check out the below NBL1 Central fixture for the 2022 First Nations Round.

2022 NBL1 CENTRAL FIRST NATIONS JERSEYS

Check out the below NBL1 Central Jersey designs for the 2022 First Nations Round.

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