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The 28th Indigenous Nationals will be held from 23 - 27 June at UOW. The event will be contested in a mixed competition across four sports: touch football, basketball, netball, and volleyball. The annual event will bring together Indigenous student-athletes from universities across Australia to celebrate the rich sporting culture of Indigenous Australia and acknowledge the heritage and history of the participants.

The Indigenous Nationals will take palce at the foot of Djera (also spelt Geira or Geera). Djera is prominent in the local physical and cultural landscape and is central to the Dreaming of the Illawarra.

Djera is usually referenced in relation to her sisters, the Five Islands to her south-east. The fields for this year’s Nationals are named after these islands (Mimosa, Wilga, Lilli Pilli, Wattle, and Clematis) in recognition of the unending connection that Djera shares with her sisters and the enduring relationship of our Traditional Custodians with Country.

The story of the Five Islands also reminds us that we are all connected despite the distance between us, our own Countries or Nations or Universities. We did this to illuminate the bonds we create at these Nationals that will endure even after we return to our homes when the games are finished.

Squadron Energy

UOW Team Sponsor 

Australia’s leading renewable energy company Squadron Energy has come on board as Official UOW Team Sponsor and will assist the team with uniforms, equipment and registration. Thanks to this generous support, UOW is able to field not one, but two teams to compete in the Indigenous Nationals.

 

Indigenous Nationals UOW team member wearing team uniform with  Squadron Energy Sponsorship

 

Our 2024 Indigenous Nationals artwork was created by Brittney Angus, a visionary Wiradjuri & Ngunnawal graphic designer and digital artist.

Cultural authenticity is at the heart of her creation, weaving ancient narratives and contemporary design.

The work combines symbolic motifs, bold colours, and modern aesthetics, a vibrant storytelling experience that connects audiences to the rich tapestry of Aboriginal culture.

Brittney sees her role not just as a graphic designer but as a storyteller and bridge-builder in visual communication, connecting history & culture in modern, contemporary environments.

Our 2024 Indigenous Nationals artwork was created by Brittney Angus, a visionary Wiradjuri & Ngunnawal graphic designer and digital artist.

 

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