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. 

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.  

Below are a list of activities taking place within our community and online recommended by Cats players and staff in consultation with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative. 

Sign up for the "Get Up, Stand Up, Show Up" NAIDOC Walk or Run on Sunday 10 July, along the Barwon River.  Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative are partnering with the Clothing the Gaps Foundation to deliver the event. Jump on to enter.

This NAIDOC Week former Cats VFLW player Tarryn Love will join other local First Nations artists for a panel discussion around the NAIDOC 2022 theme, “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” at Studio 4, Geelong Arts Centre at 2pm on Saturday 9th July – you can attend in person or livestream, but make sure to register.  

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Narkle on the Importance of Building Culture and Learning Culture

As part of the Geelong Cats Djilang Program, Tyson Stengle and Quinton Narkle attended Wathaurong Homework Group to speak with students. Presented by Barwon Water.

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Watch In My Blood It Runs - a 2019 documentary that follows a 10-year-old First Nations boy named Dujuan, his gifts as a child-healer and the challenges he faces in the education system.  

Watch Off Country from NITV and SBS, premiering at 8pm on Thursday 7th of July on NITV. It’s a doco series that follows the lives of seven First Nations students over a year at Geelong Grammar School. The doco is driven by the students' stories and told entirely in their own words.  

Jump on the App Store and download the free Wadawurrung Language Intro app to learn some of the language of the local Wadawurrung community. 
Get down to Geelong Arena on Saturday afternoon to watch the Geelong Supercats First Nations Round, supported by the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative.  

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Narana Homework Club

As part of the Geelong Cats Djilang Program, Tyson Stengle and Brandan Parfitt attend a homework club at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait young people.

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Head down to Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre – Narana provides cultural education everyday and have a native garden, an exhibition centre, an art gallery, and you can enjoy bush tucker at the café.

Follow Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation across social media.