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'Day of sorrow for many', 'Future we're building together': How every AFL club marked Australia Day

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26th January, 2022
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The majority of AFL clubs have responded to Australia Day and what it means to many Indigenous Australians with social media posts that “acknowledge today signifies a day of pain and survival for First Nations Peoples.”

While clearly some fans thought clubs had overreached there was also significant support for the teams that posted an Australia Day message on Wednesday.

Some – notably Carlton FC – were accused of fence-sitting with their statements, while, at the time of writing – Sydney, Geelong, Fremantle and West Coast were the only clubs not to post on Australia Day and its impact in a sport renown for a strong base of cohort of Indigenous players.

Port Adelaide provided the longest statement on their Twitter account and website.

“The Port Adelaide Football Club acknowledges that today represents a day of sadness and sorrow for many within our community.

“As a club, Port Adelaide values the legacy of its 66 past and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, and contribution of its First Nations staff, directors and volunteers. We are committed to reconciliation and to developing relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians built on trust, unity and mutual prosperity.

“Through our Aboriginal programs, we are committed to creating opportunities for young people and working together as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians towards a better future for everyone.

We look forward to a time when all Australians can celebrate our nation on a day everyone can feel proud, included and unified.”

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Here’s how other clubs reacted.

Carlton

Adelaide

Brisbane

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North Melbourne

Gold Coast

Melbourne

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Hawthorn



Richmond

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Essendon



GWS

St Kilda

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Western Bulldogs

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