First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria Update – October 2020

We are proud to share with you our current progress on the journey towards Treaties. The momentum towards a Truth-telling process in Victoria continues; as well as progressing  community consultations for the Elders’ Voice sample model, and alternative pathways for Reserved Seat Membership on the Assembly for Traditional Owner groups.

There is no doubt that we are all feeling the impacts of Covid-19 in our lives and communities. At the Assembly, we have pivoted our engagement to online, with a variety of livestream events and consultations — and we are grateful to our community for coming on this journey with us.

In times like these, we are struck by the strength and resilience of our community — and look forward to the time when we can safely come together, share stories on Country and yarn about Treaties.

Stay safe and strong,

Geraldine Atkinson and Marcus Stewart, Co-Chairs First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria

Youth Yarning Treaty — Facebook Livestream

On Thursday October 15, we’re hosting a Youth Yarning Treaty livestream event on the Assembly’s Facebook page with our Assembly Members, Dylan Clarke, Sissy Austin, and Jordan Edwards. Our young leaders will drive discussions on Treaty and all Treaty related topics!

As the future leaders of our people, it’s important that our younger generations have a platform for their voices to be heard. Whilst Facebook is a public platform, we are dedicated to making this a space which fosters safety for young people as well as cultural safety.

We hope you can join us for this special event and invite your family, community and networks to be part of the conversation and help make sure that more voices are heard!

When: Thursday 15 October at 5:30pm

Where: First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria Facebook page

Stay tuned here

Elders’ Voice sample model for community consultation

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria has been working on developing an Elders’ Voice model to ensure the Assembly’s work includes the guidance, wisdom, and cultural oversight of our Elders.

We have developed a sample model on what this can look like and are looking to hear from community to support our engagements with Elders to get this model right.

View the model and have your say

Momentum continues towards Truth-telling process

We are continuing to work towards the creation of a Truth-telling process in Victoria. To help progress this work, the Assembly has appointed Co-Chairs to lead a committee that will work with community to develop a proposed process to take into negotiations with the State.

The Co-Chairs are Troy McDonald, a representative of the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, and Melissa Jones, who represents First People of the Millewa-Mallee – two recognised Traditional Owner groups represented on the Assembly.

“Aboriginal people have long called for the opportunity to have their truth and their experiences told. For too long those stories have not been given the attention or prominence they deserve. We’re determined that this process will achieve that. There can be no Treaty without truth.”
– Melissa Jones, Truth-telling Co-Chair

Find out more here

Additional pathways for Reserved Seat Membership

We are looking to develop additional recognition pathways for Reserved Seat Membership on the Assembly for Traditional Owner groups — and we’re seeking community views.

Are you and your Traditional Owner group interested in contributing to discussions on Reserved Seat Membership in the First Peoples’ Assembly?

Have your say and help us strengthen community voices within the Treaty process!

Send us your feedback via or call 1800 TREATY.

Find out more here

Annual Report to Parliament 2020

Our first Annual Report was tabled in Parliament and released last month — marking a successful first year for the Assembly and highlighting our key achievements so far.

Since establishing late last year, the Assembly has made significant progress towards the foundational architecture for Treaties and are close to achieving an interim dispute resolution process with the state. We have also successfully called on the State to commit to delivering two significant, immediate priorities – a Stolen Generations Redress Scheme and a Truth-telling Process.

View Annual Report here