The Geelong Football Club would like to acknowledge 2022 National NAIDOC Week which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, culture, and achievements and is observed annually throughout the first week of July.  

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week (July 3 – 10) is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and calls for togetherness and genuine commitment by all to take meaningful action and make change.  

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Dhungala Children's choir, under the direction of Deborah Cheetham, Artistic Director, Short Black Opera, with lyrics in Wadawurrung language created by Corrina Eccles.

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Getting Up, Standing Up, and Showing Up can take many forms. It takes a commitment from all to proactively continue their education and engagement with the local First Nations community. 

The Cats join local community-led organisations in encouraging everyone to join in the celebration of NAIDOC Week.

The following events are open to the public throughout NAIDOC Week: 

Wathaurong Events 

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Flag Raising and Community Day  

Date: Monday 4  July from 11am
Location: 62 Morgan Street North Geelong

This event will be held from 11am – 3pm, with a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and dance performance from 11am.  The day includes cultural kids’ activities, music entertainment, a free BBQ, a First Nations makers & creators market, and much more. All are welcome to attend. 


Geelong Supercats First Nations Round  

Date: Saturday 9 July from 5pm
Location: Geelong Arena

The Geelong Supercats will host the NBL1 South First Nations Round game on Saturday 9th July at the Geelong Arena, with the team wearing a jerseys featuring artwork designed by proud Wemba Wemba David Flagg. The game will feature a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, and dance performances, as well as information about the services that Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative provide.  The women’s game will tip off at 5pm and the men’s game at 7pm.

Click Here to purchase tickets.


Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! Walk/Run  

Date: Sunday 10  July
Location: Balyang Sanctuary Newtown 

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative are partnering with Clothing the Gaps Foundation to host a "Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up" NAIDOC walk/run on Sunday 10 July, along the Barwon River, starting at Balyang Sanctuary. 

The event will have staggered start times, depending on the distance you sign up for: 
10am - 42.2km 
10:30am - 21.1km 
11am - 10km 
11:30am - 5km & 3km 

A BBQ lunch will be provided from 12pm. 

Walk/Run entry is free for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people and includes a medal and race bib from Clothing The Gaps.

Non-Indigenous allies can register to participate, but it is expected that a donation of at least $25 (to cover the costs of medals and bibs) will be made on the day to Wathaurong.  

QR codes will be set up around the site for you to make an online donation. 

Registration is required. 


Cultural Conversations “Get up! Stand Up! Show Up!”

Free entry and streamed online, registration required. Register here.

Date: Saturday 9 July, 2pm to 3.30pm
Location: Geelong Art Centre

 

Art Exhibition Anglesea Art Space

Dates: 30 June to 17 July, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm  
Address: Shop 2, 103 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea

Featured artists: 

  • BJ O’Toole (Papul Art) - Wadawurrung Traditional Owner 
  • Jenna Oldaker (Murrup Art) - Wadawurrung Traditional Owner  
  • Nathan Patterson (Diwana Art and Design) - Wagiman
  • Gerard Black (Baiyami Art) - Worimi