Players and staff on the Koorie Heritage Trust walking tour.

Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Walk

To celebrate NAIDOC week, Collingwood players and staff went on the Koorie Heritage Trust cultural walk.

Watch below.

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Players representing all Collingwood's teams at the Indigenous launch

Pies launch 2021 Indigenous guernsey

Collingwood’s 2021 Sir Doug Nicholls Round guernsey features two soaring Magpies in a design created by proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man, Dixon Patten.

The design shows both magpies flying onwards and upwards, with outstretched wings, reaching new heights and possibilities.

Magpies are nurturers who guide their young, playing a role similar to that of teachers, elders or respected persons. This guiding role is important to Aboriginal communities and families. We learn, listen and adhere to the teachings of our old people. Cultural practices teach values, and are learnt through connecting to stories, song, land, people and community and it guides everything that the community does.

Collingwood’s 2021 Sir Doug Nicholls Round guernsey features two soaring Magpies in a design created by proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man, Dixon Patten [Photo: Collingwood FC]

The background pattern of the design features gum leaves which represent cultural and personal growth. They meander like a river formation, signifying pathways and life’s journey. Gum leaves are significant to the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri of the Kulin Nation, whose land Collingwood Football Club is a part of. The leaves are used in ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremonies and are extended to guests as a gesture of ‘Welcome’.

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Patten’s design is also featured on a Sir Doug Nicholls Round scarf, beanie and hoodie. The club’s Super Netball team will wear a matching dress in Rounds 5 and 6 in celebration of the league’s Indigenous Round.

Patten is also the artist behind the logo for the Barrawarn Program, the key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community program run by the Collingwood Football Club Foundation. His designs were featured on the 2014 and 2015 Collingwood Indigenous Round guernseys.

Aunty Di Kerr

2021 CFC Welcome To Country

The 2021 Welcome To Country video features Aunty Di Kerr, an Elder of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Also participating in the video is Aunty Di’s 2 daughters and Grandchildren.

The 3 generations of the Wurundjeri came together to showcase culture, ancestry and celebrate the local area in which we play our great game of AFL.

Filming took place at the following locations where ceremony, corroboree, significant and cultural events and trade took place

  • Holden Centre
  • Birrarung Marr (Yarra River)
  • Dights Falls
  • Scar Trees at the MCG
  • On the ground of the MCG

View the video below.

Aunty Di video

2020 Indigenous guernsey

2020 Indigenous guernsey unveiled

Monday 17 August 2020

Collingwood has unveiled its 2020 Indigenous guernsey for Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

This year’s guernsey, which highlights the Yorta Yorta culture, was designed by Ross Morgan Senior and his sons.

The story behind the design comes from the the Cummeragunja Walk Off, which was a protest by Aboriginal people at Cummeragunja Station. It is remembered as an act of strength and resilience.

For more information

  • Read the full story HERE

“We’re really lucky to be there and I think the community are attesting to the value that it’s bringing.”

Jodie SizerBoard Member, Collingwood Football Club

AFLW: Empower Pies in Tennant Creek

Wednesday 6 November 2019

There’s no offseason when it comes to our work in the community. Board member Jodie Sizer & the Barrawarn program took four of our AFLW stars to Tennant Creek in our Barkly region of the Northern Territory for the Empowered Pies program.

For more information

  • Watch the full video HERE

“I couldn’t have asked for much more. I will miss football and I will always love it.”

Daniel Wells

Wells bids farewell

Monday 16 September 2019

Daniel Wells, one of the most sublime talents of his time, has announced his retirement.

The 34 year-old delivered his decision to his Collingwood team-mates and staff today in the company of his wife Ria and daughter Laudate.

Wells brought grace to AFL football fields for 17 years, a quality that made the very difficult appear effortless. Team mates at North Melbourne, where he played much of his career, and at Collingwood knew of his gifts firsthand and placed him in the highest company.

Wells will cease training immediately but intends to stay involved with the playing group for the duration of the finals campaign.

“I thank Collingwood, I thank North Melbourne and I thank the game,” Wells said.

“I couldn’t have asked for much more. I will miss football and I will always love it.”

For more information

  • Read the full story HERE

“The Collingwood Stretch RAP is our club’s commitment to acknowledging and understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the issues they face but it is also an unequivocal commitment to act.”

Mark AndersonCEO, Collingwood Football Club

2019-2021 Stretch RAP launched

Thursday 30 May 2019

Collingwood has strengthened its commitment to recognising, welcoming, understanding and assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities by launching its Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan.

Following a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony at the Holden Centre, the next phase of Collingwood’s plan to support the reconciliation process by deepening its relationships and partnerships with First Australians was detailed.

Collingwood director and co-CEO of PwC Indigenous consulting, Jodie Sizer, Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine, Uncle Kevin Coombs, Aunty Di Kerr, Janine Coombs of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporation and Andrew Jackomos, Executive Director for Aboriginal Development for the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, were among those in attendance.

At the heart of this year’s NRW is the idea that the relationship between broader Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples must be grounded in truth, an agreed acceptance of the past that can serve as an “end point to a history of wrong doings”, allow healing and permit a new beginning.

For more information

  • Watch the highlights from our RAP launch HERE
  • The 2019-21 Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan can be found HERE

“It brings together all of the elements of being a Collingwood person and acknowledges them for their support in good times and bad.”

Travis VarcoePlayer, Collingwood Football Club

2019 Collingwood Indigenous guernsey

Friday 3 May 2019

Today Collingwood launched its 2019 Indigenous guernsey.

The artwork was created by artist Lea-Anne Miller, Travis Varcoe’s sister-in-law. The design was influenced by the support Varcoe received after the passing of his sister Maggie in 2018 from an on-field football incident.

The inner circle represents the players, united as one entity. The dots around the players represent the families, staff and those connected and supporting the team day to day. Much the same as a traditional camp, the outer circle and dots represent people coming together from different players within the Collingwood community, including our fans and supporters.

This piece represents the rich community that provides unwavering support when one of our own is faced with hardship and a time of need.

For more information

See Travis Varcoe speak on the emotional story behind the guernsey HERE

Jodie Sizer

“Jodie has the cultural and corporate expertise, experience and leadership to have an impact across so many areas of the club.”

Eddie McGuirePresident, Collingwood Football Club

Indigenous leader joins Collingwood board

Thursday 15 February 2018

Collingwood Football Club has named Indigenous leader Jodie Sizer as a new board member. A founding partner and co-CEO of PWC Indigenous Consulting, as well as a life-long Pies supporter, Jodie has become the first Indigenous woman to be on the board of a Victorian Club.

A proud Djab Wurrung/Gunditjmara woman and chair of the club’s Reconciliation Action Plan sub-committee, Sizer has worked with tertiary institutions, governments, sports codes and major businesses to create meaningful change for Aboriginal people.

Sizer is a Certified Practising Accountant with a strong background in corporate governance and is a graduate of the Hedland Leadership Program and the University of Melbourne’s Asia-Australia New Leaders Program.

Collingwood President Eddie McGuire said Sizer is a welcome addition to the club’s board.

“Jodie, a passionate Collingwood person, has the cultural and corporate expertise, experience and leadership to have an impact across so many areas of the club,” McGuire said.

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“We’re proud to partner with Dardi Munwurro to introduce this pioneering initiative tackling family violence in Indigenous communities.”

Eddie McGuirePresident, Collingwood Football Club

Indigenous men’s healing and residential project launched

Friday 10 November 2017

A world-first residential men’s behaviour change program was launched today by Dardi Munwurro, in partnership with the Collingwood Football Club and the Victorian Government, in a bid to break the alarming cycle of family violence in Indigenous communities.

To support the program, the Collingwood Football Club is providing three furnished three-bedroom houses to provide accommodation for Koori men.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for our club to extend our support of the Indigenous community through the Barrawarn Program, by providing homes and hosting Ngarra Jarranounith at the Collingwood Football Club Community Centre at Victoria Park,” Collingwood Football Club President Eddie McGuire said

This is an exciting time for the Collingwood Football Club, the Collingwood Football Club Foundation and the Barrawarn Program.

For more information

Eddie McGuire, President, Collingwood Football Club

We hope people will visit the site, again and again, to check out new employment and training opportunities…”

Eddie McGuirePresident, Collingwood Football Club

Collingwood furthers its commitment to Indigenous Australians

Friday 20 October 2017

The newly- launched Barrawarn Program website creates an online hub supporting the range of initiatives, offered through the Barrawarn Program, to help empower young Indigenous Australians.

The program is at the heart of the club’s Indigenous partnerships, programs, activities and events, and the new website brings information about all the work the team do, together in one place.

Barrawarn is the Wurundjeri word for Magpie, and the aim of the program is to empower Indigenous Australians through employment and educational opportunities.

“We’re really proud to launch The Barrawarn Program website today, to further support the Collingwood Football Club’s work with Indigenous Australians,” Club President Eddie McGuire said.

“We hope people will visit the site, again and again, to check out new employment and training opportunities, the annual guernsey design competition, Reconciliation Action Plan news and everything else we’re up to here at Collingwood to support Indigenous Australians.”