A proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman is helping heighten awareness of Aboriginal people and cultures in Victoria.
Muriel Bamblett is among the storytellers involved in the Victorian Government's Deadly and Proud campaign.
She joins fellow First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria member Trent Nelson and Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung elder Aunty Fay Carter in sharing their stories as Victoria works towards treaty.
Ms Bamblett - the chief executive of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and national chair of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care - said she was keen to get involved with Deadly and Proud after seeing what the initial campaign achieved.
She was impressed by how engaged Victorians were in the first campaign, and hoped its latest iteration would raise awareness of the different ways Aboriginal people and cultures were part of Victoria.
"You look across Victoria, and most people wouldn't even know what Aboriginal people are doing," Ms Bamblett said.
But Aboriginal people were part of the community and were contributing in a variety of ways.
Victoria was also home to significant Aboriginal cultural sites, including paintings in Halls Gap, which Ms Bamblett said had survived for thousands of years.
She said Victorians did not have to leave their state to experience Aboriginal cultures and to learn about Aboriginal heritage.
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Ms Bamblett, also of the Bunnerong and Taungurung peoples, said Victoria was seeing a movement of Aboriginal leadership across a variety of sectors and platforms.
"They are doing really great things, and for us the word 'deadly' has connotations of being really, really good," she said.
She encouraged people to engage in the Deadly and Proud campaign and the treaty process - a process involving all Victorians, not just politicians and Aboriginal people.
For more, visit deadlyandproud.vic.gov.au
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