Member for the South East region

Alice Pepper

Gunnai, Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti, Gunditjmara and Arrernte

My name is Alice Pepper and I am a proud Gunnai, Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti, Gunditjmara & Arrernte Woman. I have lived and worked in Gippsland all my life in my community advocating for a better future and for the rights of our people in these systems that don’t really work for us.

3 years ago I stood for the Assembly to be part of the Treaty process and made a commitment to help develop the Framework for Treaty Negotiations in Victoria. The opportunity to be a part of the journey for positive change is here and I aim to use this opportunity to help protect our culture and our land and waters and empower our people.

In my first speech as a First Peoples’ Assembly elected member in Chamber I said ‘It is important for us to be able to address the issues we face through this journey to Treaty so that our future generations can stand strong on Country, living their culture, living healthy and longer, and aspiring to be who they want to be’

For me that hasn’t changed, this will be the real measure of our success on this next part of the journey towards Treaty. Having our people at the table making the decisions for our future, that is real self-determination.

Inaugural Speech of the Assembly's Second Term