"> MEDIA RELEASE: Always Was and Always Will Be | 10 November 2020 - First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria

MEDIA RELEASE: Always Was and Always Will Be | 10 November 2020

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme – Always Was, Always Will Be –is embedded in the work of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, as work progresses on Victoria’s Treaty process.

The theme recognises the inherent rights of First Peoples who have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years – it highlights the responsibility of all Australians to protect it into the future.

Since its commencement late last year, the Assembly and its 31 democratically elected members have made significant progress towards the foundational architecture for Treaties and are close to achieving an interim dispute resolution process with the state.

The Assembly has successfully called on the State to commit to delivering two significant, immediate priorities – a Stolen Generations Redress Scheme and a Truth-telling Process, building on generations of advocacy.

The Aboriginal community has guided the work of the Assembly every step of the way through regular, direct engagement with their entrusted, elected representatives, who are all proud Traditional Owners of Country in Victoria.

Community are invited to join a Truth-telling livestream conversation with Assembly Members next week on November 18 via the Assembly’s Facebook page.

The Assembly’s fifth Chamber meeting will be held on December 7 and 8.

For more information, visit firstpeoplesvic.org

Quote attributable to Co-Chair Geraldine Atkinson

“NAIDOC Week is all about celebrating our peoples’ history, culture and achievements. We’re working to create our own historic moments and ensure a brighter future for our grandchildren through Treaty.”

Quote attributable to Co-Chair Marcus Stewart

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to progress Treaty here in Victoria – healing the wounds of the past and truly acknowledging that this land always was and always will be Aboriginal land.”

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For media enquiries, please contact:

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