The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are proud to introduce the 2020 Indigenous Jersey, designed by local Indigenous students from Bethlehem College, Ashfield.
The design of this year’s Jersey features traditional artwork by the Students that symbolises the coming together of our community for Indigenous Round.
Indigenous and Non-Indigenous players, Members of our community and the designers themselves are represented on the Jersey as Suns, all arranged around a metaphorical meeting place – in this instance, our match against the Eels.
Also included on the Jersey are totem animals of the local area and the Cooks River, which has long enabled many tribes to come together.
Tedbury, son of famous Indigenous freedom fighter, Pemulway, continues to be represented on the sternum and is traditionally the spirit warrior for the players during Indigenous Round.
During the design process, which was facilitated by the NRL School to Work program, the student designers were encouraged to learn more about their culture and heritage from local Aboriginal elders and other community members.
As one of the few clubs that sources their jersey design from community engagement, this year’s Indigenous Jersey is a symbol of our commitment to engaging our Indigenous community whenever and wherever possible.
CEO Andrew Hill is proud to engage our community with this unique opportunity, saying
“Designing a Bulldogs Jersey is always a special experience, and we’re excited to give this opportunity to the students from Bethlehem College, specifically following the advice of local Elders to identify and empower the emerging female leaders of our Indigenous community.
This unique jersey holds a special place for everyone here at Belmore, and I know that the players running out against the Eels know they’re wearing a jersey that connects them to the rich Indigenous history within our game.”
Bulldogs Members and Fans can purchase the jersey through the online Team Store, or at the Bulldogs Shop, Belmore.
Indigenous Round will be played in Round 12 of the NRL Telstra Premiership, with the boys in Blue and White taking on Parramatta in a blockbuster local derby at ANZ Stadium.