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Ottawa Swans Announce Indigenous Jersey

First, the Ottawa Swans wish to acknowledge the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg and the people of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation.

The Ottawa Swans Australian Football Club are proud to announce the release of our Indigenous Heritage Jersey following a collaboration with Indigenous artist Kory Parkin.

Following the suggestion by Indigenous player and Men’s Coach Jordan Harcombe, who is Indigenous suggested that the Club seek ways to acknowledge, celebrate and honour our First Nations, Inuit and Metis groups, while finding a way to support these communities. This led to us reaching out to Mr. Parkin to commission a Jersey design.

Mr. Parkin, who has previously designed Indigenous jerseys for the likes of the AHL’s Belleville Senators, OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and the NLL’s Toronto Rock was up for the challenge. Using the Swan as a centrepiece, the jersey is interwoven with wavy lines representing the importance of rivers in the region as a means of travel and as the abundance of natural resources. The circles represent meeting places acknowledging the importance of the region as a traditional area of trade. On the back we have a modern representation of Ottawa, with the inclusion of our city’s skyline, including Parliament.

The first Canadian Club to undertake a proud tradition in Australia, the Ottawa Swans will begin selling the jersey’s today, August 16th until August 30th, 2023. Both sides will also be proudly donning the Jersey next year at a home game in proximity to Indigenous Peoples Day in June 2024, with details to come following the release of our 2024 schedule. We thank Blyth Academy The Glebe (https://www.blytheducation.com/our-campuses/the-glebe-ottawa), an educational institution that has been part of the Ottawa community for over a decade, providing opportunities for students Grades 7-12, for their generous donation to the club in helping make this come to fruition.

Proceeds from the sale of the Indigenous Jersey, as indicated, will go to support a local nonprofit Indigenous organization.

If you would like to place an order for one, please complete the form here.

About the Artist – Kory Parkin

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Kory Parkin is an Indigenous (Kanyen’kéha) artist/graphic designer from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Inspired by many great Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, he finds ways to pull ideas together through art, sports and pop culture, to recreate something bold and unique, while blending in important cultural symbolism in each piece. Blessed with many great opportunities he has used his art to shine focus on the beauty of Indigenous art and traditions which has allowed him to not only spread awareness for Indigenous cultures but also help raise funds to give back to those in need.

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