Teaching language in schools and giving input for QEII Square's master-planning are just two of the ways Aunty Edna Stewart and Aunty Muriel Williams are making Wiradjuri people proud.
After the Treaty Act became the first piece of treaty-related legislation in Australia's history in 2018, the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria began working on a treaty negotiation framework.
Aunty Edna hoped NSW would follow Victoria's lead to establish a treaty with traditional owners.
"They are a bit ahead of us, Victoria," she said.
"It (the Deadly and Proud campaign) started with treaty, with Victoria trying to get it going, letting everyone know what happens.
"The kids at the school all saw it, and said, 'It's Aunty Edna and Aunty Muriel'.
"We had a story about coo-ee and the kids now do it at the preschool."
Aunty Muriel said places like the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk celebrated Aboriginal culture and hoped more public spaces would change to reflect that the land belongs to First Nations.
"Council is talking about doing QEII Square up and putting in Aboriginal artwork," she said.
"That's what it needs, to change it.
"We're involved in it with council to work out the design."
"Yindyamarra" is a word that designates respect and is a favourite of Aunty Edna's, who is completing a Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage.
"I was working at Hume public school for over 15 years, and I'm still involved in the schools, going in and doing Wiradjuri language," she said.
"It's the language for this area; instead of learning French and whatever, it should be Wiradjuri.
"I felt proud when the deputy mayor (Amanda Cohn) raised the flag on Sorry Day and spoke in language.
"My grandmother taught me it - back in the day, they weren't allowed to speak it, they took it away from them.
"Now I'm going to uni at Charles Sturt at Wagga to learn more of it."
Aunty Pat Undy, who taught in schools in Griffith, inspired her niece to learn more about the language.
"We used to take kids out to Warangesda mission," she said.
"I taught more about the culture, I didn't take in the language - it's these two (Edna and Muriel) that are teaching something that's been lost to us.
"Mum taught us a couple of words, but that's about all we had."
It is the oppression of Indigenous languages, as part of Australia's true history, that Victoria's path to treaty seeks to heal in some way.
The Deadly and Proud campaign will continue to promote this message and Aunty Edna is looking forward to this NAIDOC Week (July 4 to 11).
"I'm raising the flag this weekend, there will be a smoking ceremony and dances by the Wiradjuri dancers from James Fallon," she said.
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"They're great, my grandson's in that.
"He's trying to get a couple other boys to go in it.
"Muriel always says, 'be proud of our culture'."
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