The Wawi Festival continued on Monday with cups of tea, finger food, pamper sessions and speeches from ‘inspiring’ women.
Wagga’s very own celebration of NAIDOC Week 2018, shined a light on the females in the Indigenous community who had fought for change.
Aunty Gail Manderson said it was important to host an event that specifically celebrated women.
“The women do everything,” she said.
“We go down to the cells at the police station when our young people are in custody and make sure they are being looked after and get all their legal rights.
“We don’t have any men who do that, it’s always the women.”
Aunty Gail said she was pleased to see young Indigenous Australian women attending the festivities.
“They’re our future,” she said.
“We’re not going to be here forever so we need our young people to learn.
“There are Aboriginal students who do not have a clue about their culture.”
Aunty Gail said it was also a chance to mingle with people she hasn’t seen in a while.
The Wawi Festival continues throughout the week with the Cultural Tour of Aboriginal Significant Sites on Wednesday.
For more information contact the Wagga NAIDOC Committee.
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