The Sir Doug Nicholls Round, formerly known as AFL Indigenous Round, is a celebrated Round of AFL highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contributions to the great game of Australian Football. All 18 teams engage artists to create an Indigenous guernsey that helps celebrate and educate the broader community about First Nations Australians. The main feature of the round is the ‘Dreamtime at the G’ game between Essendon and Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The two teams have been playing in this celebration game since 2005 and were selected because together their colours of yellow, red and black make the colours of the Aboriginal flag. Former AFL player and Indigenous rights activist Michael Long also celebrates The Long Walk, with a commemorative walk from Melbourne’s Federation Square to the MCG before the game.


  • AGES: All Ages
  • FOR: All Fans
  • EXPERIENCE: Beginner - Advanced
  • CULTURAL: Indigenous


The Michael Long Foundation, funds education and football programs for Indigenous people. This is achieved primarily through the MLLLC managed by AFLNT.

These programs help unlock the potential in Indigenous youth and enrich lives, while ensuring participants receive the same opportunities as their Non-Indigenous peers.