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Wiyi Yani U Thangani summit

AIATSIS was proud to join more than 900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who gathered on Ngunnawal Country for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani summit, 9–11 May, led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO.

Michelle Deshong at the Wiyi Yani U Thangani summit. Image: Jillian Mundy.

Kuku Yalanji woman and our AIATSIS Council Member, Ms Deshong, conveyed the message of strength, resilience, and tidda-hood (sisterhood) at the summit.


‘We are on the precipice of significant change,’ Ms Deshong said.

‘And as Indigenous women, we will be the people who lead that change, who create the narrative of self-determination.’

‘We will be the blueprint of what that looks like. We will be the leaders who move our people along that journey with us.’

‘We are the ones that we've been waiting for,’ she said.

‘We are the change.’

The National Summit is an outcome of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project, and you can read more about the project here.

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Last updated: 19 May 2023