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MEDIA RELEASE: Aboriginal youth urged to make their voice heard | 14 October 2020

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) is urging the state’s young Aboriginal people to make their voices heard this week as the elected body seeks out their thoughts on Treaty.

The Assembly is, with the Victorian Government, responsible for developing the rules under which Treaties will be negotiated in the state and wants to know what Aboriginal youth have to say on the issue.

Among the topics up for discussion during the live Facebook event will be the framework, or rules, which parties to Treaty negotiations will work under and what they hope to get from Treaties.

Young Assembly members, Dylan Clarke and Jordan Edwards, will be participating in the discussion and facilitating the event.

COVID-19 restrictions have moved many of the Assembly’s engagement efforts online and this event is an important chance for today’s youth, who will be tomorrow’s leaders, to participate in the Treaty discussion.

The Assembly is the elected voice for Aboriginal people in negotiations with the Victorian Government over the ‘ground rules’ for Treaty.

The Assembly has 31 members – 21 elected by a statewide vote held in 2019 and 10 nominated by formally-recognised Traditional Owner groups.

The Facebook Live event will be held on Thursday 15 October at 5.30pm. To participate visit our Facebook event here.

For more information on the Treaty process in Victoria, head to firstpeoplesvic.org or call 1800 TREATY (1800 87 32 89).

Quote attributable to Member for the North West Dylan Clarke

“We need to hear from the youth. We need to hear what they want Treaties to achieve for them and their future. That’s why it’s so important that their voices are heard.”

Quote attributable to Member for the South West Jordan Edwards

“The outcomes of Treaties will have impacts for years to come and it will be today’s youth who are the custodians of those changes in the future. They need to be involved now.”


For media enquiries, please contact:

Vanessa Morris | M: 0400 136 787 | E: VanessaM@firstpeoplesvic.org