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Thousands rock Treaty Day Out

Dechlan Brennan -

Wadawurrung Country in Ballarat has played host to the latest edition of Treaty Day Out, with a sold out crowd of 3,500 treated to some of Australia's best Indigenous acts.

The festival raises awareness and support for the journey towards Treaty, as the Assembly enters Treaty negotiations with the Victorian Government later this year.

Headlined by Jessica Mauboy, the line-up also featured Electric Fields and 3%, as well as many other acts who performed to the sell out crowd throughout the day.

National Indigenous Times was at the event, speaking to mob from all around Victoria who had come to Wadawurrung Country for the day, wanting to hear great music, as well as learning more about Treaty.

They spoke about their excitement of the musical acts performing, and their thoughts on both Treaty, and the difficulties some people had faced since the failed referendum last year.

Canisha Performing (Image: Jacinta Keefe)

Canisha, whose performance elicited a large reception from the afternoon crowd, wandered through the festival in the afternoon accompanied by her mother.

"I really wanted to be a part of Treaty since it started," she told National Indigenous Times.

"Nothing about us, without us."

She encouraged everyone to visit the First Peoples' Assembly website and learn more about Treaty, to enable mob to have a say over issues that impact them directly.

When it came to the music act she was most excited to see, Canisha mirrored many across the festival.

"Jessica Mauboy!"

"I've been a huge fan since I was 12, listening to her album, obsessing over her…I'm definitely a fangirl," she said.

Patrons enjoying the afternoon sun on Wadawurrung Country. (Image: Jacinta Keefe)

Patrons in the crowd spoke of their excitement at seeing both Mauboy and Electric Fields, as well as learning more about Treaty.

Some said the referendum result had made them rethink their thoughts on what was best for mob, whilst others were excited to learn more, with an information tent open all day for people to have a yarm with members of the Assembly.

With many fans calling out for more acts to play, Treaty Day Out will undoubtedly be bigger again next year.

National Indigenous Times thanks the First Peoples' Assembly for providing access throughout the entire day.


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