Djilang Program

Djilang Program

Target group: Children and young people

Focus area: Cultural Connection

The Geelong Cats have facilitated First Nations community programs within the Geelong & Western District Region since 2012, which was branded as the Djilang Program in 2017. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Barwon Water, the 2023 program was delivered in person at Kardiniyu (Kardinia Park) and in Warrnambool, marking a return to the Cats home after three years of online or off-site delivery.

The program was designed to incorporate the 2023 First Nations Guernsey story and featured an educational component by First Nations guernsey artist, Michelle Searle, before participants created their own artwork. AFL and AFLW players participated in the event by creating artwork, kick-to-kick sessions, and Q&A sessions with the participants.

The Djilang Program culminates in the Sir Doug Nicholls Round and AFLW Indigenous Round, where participants are invited to attend and see their artwork displayed. Their artwork will join a growing collection of Djilang Program artwork around GMHBA Stadium.

The 2023 Djilang Program was made possible thanks to the support of various organizations, including Wadawurrung Traditional Owners, Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operation, Strong Brother Strong Sister, Koorie Education (Dept. Ed), Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-Operation, Warrnambool College and Monivae College.

The Djilang Program is proudly supported by Barwon Water

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