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Embracing Indigenous Culture Through Sport

June 03, 2024

Bring it on Sports – Indigenous Games Program

As NAIDOC WEEK approaches from 7 – 14 July 2024, the theme Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud resonates deeply, symbolising the enduring spirit and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The theme honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Bring it on Sports have been in offering sports, dance fitness, wellness and self-defence since 2007 and are pleased to be able to offer “Yulunga” Traditional Indigenous Games that were developed to provide all Australians with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture – the way it was many thousands of years ago and still is today.

Embracing Tradition Through Yulunga – Yulunga, meaning “playing” in some Indigenous languages, is a collection of traditional Indigenous games that have been passed down through generations. These games are not only a source of physical activity but also carry deep cultural significance, reflecting the values, beliefs, and kinship systems of Indigenous peoples. Through the Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games Program, Bring it on Sports honours this heritage by offering a platform for communities to learn, play, and connect through these timeless games.

Traditional Indigenous Games:

  • are suitable for all ages, abilities & backgrounds
  • are inclusive
  • are noncompetitive
  • bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • help reconnect urban Indigenous youth to their culture
  • boost education retention
  • promote reconciliation
  • provide essential training in social interaction
  • enhance physical health

The Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games Program serves as a vital tool for preserving and revitalizing Indigenous cultural heritage. By teaching and promoting traditional games like Edor (a running game), Buraninjin (a ball game), and Chiba (mock warfare), Bring it on Sports ensures that these ancient traditions continue to be passed down to future generations. Through hands-on experiences and cultural education, participants gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture and history.

Naidoc Week is a time for all Australians to come together and celebrate the diversity and richness of Indigenous culture. Through its Yulunga Traditional Indigenous Games Program, Bring it on Sports promotes unity, inclusivity, and reconciliation by providing opportunities for people from all walks of life to engage with Indigenous culture in a meaningful way. By participating in these games, individuals of all ages and backgrounds can foster connections, build relationships, and celebrate the strength and resilience of Indigenous communities.

Naidoc Week serves as a reminder of the ongoing journey towards reconciliation and recognition of Indigenous rights and culture. Through initiatives like Bring It On Sports’  Traditional Indigenous Games Program, we can honour the past, celebrate the present, and ensure that the fire of Indigenous culture continues to burn brightly for generations to come. Whether you’re a school, community group, or corporate organisation, there are many ways to get involved and show your support for Indigenous culture and heritage.

Contact Bring it on Sports today to learn more about their Traditional Indigenous Games program and how you can participate or support this important initiative.


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