The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria has kicked off a regional Treaty roadshow to re-engage with Members and community following a tough year of coronavirus restrictions.
Co-Chairs Geraldine Atkinson and Marcus Stewart today hit the road to complete the first leg of the roadshow.
Ms Atkinson travelled to Bairnsdale, Taralgon and Morwell to reach out to the local community and open up conversations with them on where Victoria’s Treaty process is up to.
Mr Stewart was in the North West, visiting local Aboriginal organisations in Mildura and Swan Hill before travelling to Bendigo.
While 2020 has been a tough year with coronavirus restrictions, the Assembly quickly moved its Chamber meetings, consultations and work online.
With restrictions easing, Co-Chairs, Members and Assembly staff can now carefully recommence meeting people face-to-face and across Victoria.
Over the following weeks the Co-Chairs will travel to Warrnambool, Portland, Heywood, Wodonga and Wangaratta.
All meetings involving Assembly business will have COVID safety measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
For more information on the Assembly or where the Treaty process is up to visit firstpeoplesvic.org
Quote attributable to Co-Chair Geraldine Atkinson
“The Aboriginal Community thrives on meeting face-to-face. It’s how we’ve done business for thousands of years so it’s been great to be able to do that again and talk Treaty.”
Quote attributable to Co-Chair Marcus Stewart
“Nothing beats having a yarn in-person and continuing our important work towards Treaty with a few extra safety measures in place.”