RugbyWA would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we operate. RugbyWA is located on Noongar land, and has affiliated clubs across Whadjuk, Pinjarup, Wardandi, Bibbulman, Minang, Kaniyang, Wugjari, Amangu and Wangkathaa lands.

RugbyWA pays our respects to Elders Past, Present and Future, and stand with all Indigenous Australians on the journey towards reconciliation.

NAIDOC Week 2024

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2024 is 'Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud.' This year's theme celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

NAIDOC will be hosting a series of events throughout the state throughout NAIDOC week. To view these events and get involved, visit the link below.

RugbyWA NAIDOC Events
First Nations Assistance Services

13YARN - 24/7 crisis support run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

  • Phone: 13 92 76
  • Website:

1800RESPECT - Family Violence Prevention

Moorditj Yarning - counselling for individuals, couples and children (6 years old and over) 

“Yarning about things worrying you is often healing, so please call us on 1300 364 277.” 


Djinda Service - support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children experiencing family violence. 

“To access support for you or your family please call us on (08) 6164 0650 or complete the email form. We are available Monday - Friday from 9am to 4.30pm.” 


YORGUM Aboriginal Family Counselling Services - Offering child sexual abuse therapeutic service, counselling for Aboriginal children experiencing family violence service, family violence counselling and advocacy service and more 

“Yorgum provides a wide range of culturally secure community-based healing services that utilise a trauma informed approach to positively impact social and emotional wellbeing.” 

  • Phone: 9218 9477 or 1800 469 371 
  • Address: 176 Wittenoom St, East Perth 
  • Visit Yorgum 

Healing Foundation - A national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families.

Resources for Clubs

Running an Indigenous Round - GippSport

Indigenous Rounds are a great opportunity to highlight the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people make to sporting clubs and the wider community. This document is a starting point for sporting clubs considering holding an Indigenous Round event.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners - Reconciliation Australia

An Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners, sometimes called an Acknowledgement of Country, can be done by anyone. It is a way of showing awareness of, and respect for, the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the land on which a meeting or event is being held.

Only Traditional Owners/Custodians of the land on which the event takes place can deliver a Welcome to Country.

Share a Yarn - AIS

The Share a Yarn initiative aims to provide Australian Elite Athletes with meaningful opportunities to connect and build relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and learn more about the differing cultures, lands, histories, and people within them.

Anti-Racism - AIS

Make sure your club is accessible for all members of the community, no matter their race. Explore a range of resources, courses, videos and podcasts and learn from the experiences of organisations who are leading the charge to remove racism from sport.

Reconciliation WA

National Reconciliation Week is driven in Western Australia by Reconciliation WA, a not-for-profit organisation providing leadership, advocacy and support to people and organisations driving the reconciliation movement in Western Australia.  

Reconciliation WA has a vision is a better future for our state, one that celebrates strong and positive relationships and outcomes between Aboriginal Peoples and the wider Western Australian community. Through education, support and reconciliation programs, Reconciliation WA focuses on the creation of social and economic outcomes to ensure the cultures, rights and contributions of Aboriginal peoples are valued and respected. 

To learn more about Reconciliation WA, please visit the link below.