As part of the AFL’s Indigenous Round, the Bringing Them Home Committee formed a partnership with the Fremantle Football Club which saw the inclusion of the purple native hibiscus, the symbol of the Stolen Generations, on the Dockers Indigenous Round Guernsey (watch video).
As a result of that partnership the Bringing Them Home Committee and Reconciliation WA managed to obtain corporate sponsorship from Woodside and the Programmed Group to take some Stolen Generations people from around WA to Melbourne to watch the Dockers match against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday 1st June 2014. The group had a great time and were proud to see the prominence given to the Indigenous players and the recognition of the Stolen Generations. The Dockers Banner, which the team ran through onto the Stadium, included an image of the native hibiscus and the words “Honouring the Stolen Generations” and twenty Stolen generations representatives from WA and Melbourne formed an Honour Guard as they ran onto the ground.
The Bringing Them Home Committee and Reconciliation WA would like to thank the Dockers for their substantial assistance and support in undertaking this venture and their ongoing commitment to reconciliation. We would also like to thank and acknowledge Woodside and Programmed for their generosity and for their commitment to reconciliation and to the Stolen Generations.
Here are some photos from the day: