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In Round 11, the Carlton Football Club along with the wider AFL community, celebrated Sir Doug Nicholls Round. Now in its 11th year, Sir Doug Nicholls Round aims to acknowledge and highlight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, communities and cultures.

Each year all 18 clubs don an Indigenous guernsey. This year, Carlton’s jumper was designed by local Indigenous artist Lyn-Al Young, and had an emphasis on country, connection, community and club. For more information on the 2018 indigenous guernsey, please click here.

During the week, the playing group channelled their inner artists and participated in an Indigenous painting session at Ikon Park. Using elements of Young’s design, the players put their own twist on Carlton’s monogram, which had been transformed and inspired by the canoe tree.

“The canoe tree is an important symbol for Aboriginal groups. It was used for transport, hunting and trade and provided many resources for Indigenous Australians, including the boomerang, which also features in the monogram,” Young told Carlton Media.