MEDIA RELEASE: Victorian Government fails to deliver for Traditional Owners | 19 June 2021

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) is putting the Victorian Government on notice and demanding more work is done to boost representation of Traditional Owner groups.

At the Assembly’s June Chamber meeting, elected Members agreed to demand more from the Victorian Government.

The Government invested $4.35m in 2019-20 Victorian Budget through their Nation Building Fund to support the formal recognition of Traditional Owner nations who are currently unrecognised. This has failed to deliver outcomes.

The Assembly is now calling on the Government to get on with the job and ensure that groups without recognition are fast tracked.

The Assembly is looking at additional pathways for Traditional Owner Groups to become Reserved Seat Members, ensuring self-governance is at the heart of the Assembly’s work.

Every Traditional Owner group has the right to self-determination and the opportunity to directly shape Victoria’s path to Treaty.

For more information on Treaty or the Firsts Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria visit firstpeoplesvic.org

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Murray Silby | M: 0474 977 307 | E: MurrayS@firstpeoplesvic.org