In our second podcast, Co-Chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, Marcus Stewart, discusses the key roles of the Assembly under legislation. He talks, also, to the ongoing operation of the Assembly as a general chamber under the current restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When asked if the Assembly had any responsibility to negotiate treaty with the Victorian State Government, Marcus responded: “No, not at all! Our responsibility isn’t to negotiate treaty with the state.”
In commenting on the year to date, Marcus said: “It’s been an interesting year. We’re now in April – we’ve had devastating bushfires, we’ve had too many Aboriginal deaths in custody, and we now have COVID-19, which is a significant risk to our population.
“…What we do know right now is that treaty for us is a vehicle of hope and aspiration.”