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NAIDOC Week at the Y

The Y acknowledges the tradtional owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. 

NAIDOC week runs the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday) to recognse and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people. This year NAIDOC week runs from the 3rd of July until the 10th of July. 

To celebrate this week, the Y Geelong has changed its name to the Y Djilang, to pay hommage to the traditional owners of the land in which we are located today. Djilang is the tradtional Wadawurrung name for Geelong. Djilang meaning "a tongue of land".

Djilang is located on Wadawurrung land. Wadawurrung land covers over 10,000 square kilometres on the western side Melbourne and including the major regional cities of Geelong and Ballarat. This area incorporates the activities of 11 separate local councils.