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The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) is urging the state’s young Aboriginal people to make their voices heard this week as the elected body seeks out their thoughts on Treaty.
The Assembly is, with the Victorian Government, responsible for developing the rules under which Treaties will be negotiated in the state and wants to know what Aboriginal youth have to say on the issue.
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria continues to lead the Nation when it comes to progressing a Treaty process between the Victorian Government and the state’s First Peoples.
The Assembly’s first Annual Report was tabled today in the Victorian Parliament, marking a successful first year for the Assembly.
MEDIA RELEASE: Historic first meeting between First Peoples’ Assembly and Victorian Government | 3 August 2020
After seven months of meetings and consultation, the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria has today begun negotiations on the process for future treaty making in Victoria.
Assembly Co-Chair Marcus Stewart, a Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung Nation, says this is tangible progress in finally delivering treaties for Victorian Aboriginal communities.
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria says the Victorian Government’s support for a truth-telling process is an historic moment in time.
Co-Chair Marcus Stewart says the government’s acceptance of the need for a truth-telling process, and commitment to work with the Assembly on establishing one, will go down in history as a momentous decision.
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is ready to begin negotiations with the State; with key decisions on a mandate on the form of agreements the Assembly will seek, and a culturally strong and independent umpire for future Treaty negotiations.
This means that the Assembly is ready to sit across the table from the State.
For media enquiries, please contact:
Vanessa Morris | VanessaM@firstpeoplesvic.org