Embracing Indigenous culture at Dreamtime

Embracing Indigenous culture at Dreamtime

Students joined RMIT Kirrip at the annual Dreamtime at the 'G clash between Richmond and Essendon on Saturday 21 May.

First held in 2005, Dreamtime at the ‘G is an annual footy match that aims to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their contribution to football.

This year, RMIT Kirrip invited students along for the trip to immerse themselves in Australian sport and Indigenous culture.

Meeting at Federation Square, the group embarked on the iconic 'Long Walk' to the MCG.

The 'Long Walk' celebrates First Nations peoples and cultures and involves truth telling, uniting and connecting to achieve equality and fight racism.

RMIT Kirrip Staff Representative Michelle Chen said the 'Long Walk' was a special experience.

"I enjoyed learning more about the Traditional Owners of Melbourne and watching the performances at Federation Square and MCG, and learning about the significance of the Long Walk," she said.

The game provided the group to a unique experience for the group, many of which attended their first live AFL match.

This included RMIT Kirrip Steward Sai Chunduru, who embraced the day as a whole.

"I really enjoyed Dreamtime at the 'G," he said.

"The live music performances by some of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists at Federation Square and the walk to MCG were amazing."

Sai Chunduru
This was my first time witnessing AFL. It looked intense, but I thoroughly enjoyed the game with my RMIT Kirrip family.

Fellow RMIT Kirrip Steward Catrin Yako echoed Sai's sentiments, saying that the evening taught her many things about the land we live on.

"I wanted to educate myself about the history of the traditional owners of our country and what they've experienced by going on the Long Walk and watching the beautiful performances held at the MCG," she said.

"I enjoyed the match a lot even though I had no idea how footy worked before and I also learned the meaning and purpose behind the match itself."

RMIT Kirrip collage RMIT students enjoying their first live footy match thanks to RMIT Kirrip!
24 May 2022


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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.