NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For GeelongPort, NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to recognise the Wadawurrung people and to acknowledge the traditional name of the place where we live, work and play – Djilang.
To celebrate NAIDOC Week, we’re paying homage to Wadawurrung Traditional Owners by acknowledging the traditional name of Geelong, “Djilang”, and renaming to DjilangPort for the week.
GeelongPort is also holding two internal events to celebrate the week. On Tuesday, there is an all-staff session where all staff have the opportunity learn to speak GeelongPort’s Acknowledgement of Country in traditional Wadawurrung language.
Then on Friday, GeelongPort is fortunate enough to be hosting 15 Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Elders for lunch at GeelongPort head office, before tathem a guided tour of our facilities here at GeelongPort.
There is a new theme for NAIDOC Week each year and this year the theme is For Our Elders. Across every generation, Elders have played, and continue to play, an important role and hold a prominent place in First Nations communities and families. GeelongPort is delighted and honoured to be celebrating this theme through the Wadawurrung Elders visit.
We thank the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation for sharing their culture with us here at GeelongPort, as we continue our path to reconciliation.
If you would like more information on NAIDOC Week please visit: NAIDOC