Reserved Seat holder representing Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Trent Nelson

Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta

I think there’s a lot of groundwork to be done if we’re to bring the wider general public along with us towards Treaty. 

It’s part of our daily struggle, to be recognised as the First Peoples of this country, but a lot of non-Aboriginal people don’t know or don’t understand about that struggle. Hopefully Treaty will help them see that they should be proud that we’re still here and that we’re still practising our culture and that we want them to be part of that. 

A fairer deal is there for our taking. We just need to stand together with a shared voice and assert our rights. We have the knowledge, we have the answers – we just need the freedom and ability to implement them for our community. That’s what Treaty is about. 

I’m fortunate that my work takes me out on Country, I still have that close connection. It gives me strength and replenishes me every time I’m there. We need Treaties to ensure that lifeblood for others is secured for our future generations. 

Inaugural Speech