Djilang Program

Djilang Program
CATS CONNECT

Target group: Young people (children – young people) 

Focus area: Cultural connection

For the past 11 years the Cats have been connecting with local community and delivering an Aboriginal cultural connection program. Originally called the Close the Gap program, it is now known as the Djilang Program. This program leads into our AFL men’s Djilang match, and also features in our AFL Women’s Djilang Match.

We have respectfully consulted and listened to our Traditional Owners as well as community. The feedback from community is that children and young people want to see their culture represented at our stadium. 

Developed in consultation with local First Nations community members and program facilitators, the 2022 Djilang Program aligned with the 2022 National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme of “Be Brave. Make Change.”

The 2022 Djilang Program has connected the story of the Djilang guernsey, the partnership and relationship with Barwon Water, the sharing of the stories of the Barwon River and the cultural value and importance of water to Wadawurrung people, Wadawurrung country and all who live in the region today.

Ambassadors: Brandan Parfitt, Quinton Narkle, Tyson Stengle

The Djilang Program is proudly supported by Barwon Water

For further information, please contact: schools@geelongcats.com.au