Media Releases

See our latest Assembly media releases.

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Treaty key to a better shared future, Truth-telling commission to hear

May 5, 2022
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria – the democratic voice representing the Aboriginal and Torres...
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Additional Pathways to Recognition
May 2, 2022
Aboriginal communities, not government, to determine how to represent themselves on journey to Treaty The...
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Treaty By-election Successful Candidate Announced
April 13, 2022
Vote counting has now concluded for the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria’s North East By-election,...
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Economic independence needed for Treaty – First Peoples’ Assembly seeks feedback on Self- Determination Fund
March 25, 2022
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria has outlined its plan for a Self- Determination Fund...
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Key step taken towards VIC Treaty as agreement reached on independent authority
March 11, 2022
A call from the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria to ensure new institutions created as...
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Stolen Generations redress program announced
March 3, 2022
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria – the elected body representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait...
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First Peoples’ by-election update: one candidate withdraws, voting underway
March 2, 2022
Lisa Thorpe has withdrawn her candidacy in the by-election for the First Peoples’ Assembly of...
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Treaty ‘umpire’ needs to be completely independent of government and ‘culturally strong’ | 24 February 2022
February 24, 2022
MEDIA RELEASE The creation of a unique authority that would sit outside the usual government...
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Nominations open for Traditional Owners to represent North East Victoria in Treaty process
January 17, 2022
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria today opened candidate nominations for a By-election in the...
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Raise the Age now, don’t wait for Treaty: First Peoples’ Assembly Co-Chairs
December 21, 2021
The Co-Chairs of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria have written to the Victorian Attorney-General...
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Big steps taken on the path to Treaty in Victoria 
October 22, 2021
At a full Chamber session today, the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria gave its blessing...
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AFL and Cricket Australia must take action following revelation of early star’s connection to massacre of Aboriginal people
September 18, 2021
The Co-Chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is calling for the Australian Football League...
Chair Truth-telling
Tyerri Yoo-rrook report: Community outlines their expectations on truth-telling
September 5, 2021
Aboriginal communities across Victoria have made their expectations clear about how Australia’s first formal truth-telling...
First Peoples' Assembly Co-Chairs Marcus Stewart and Aunty Geraldine Atkinson
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Self-determination driving Indigenous progress around the world and in Victoria
August 9, 2021
9 August 2021 Co-chairs of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, Marcus Stewart and Aunty...
Elders' Voice
MEDIA RELEASE: First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria establishes interim Elders’ Voice | 14 July 2021
July 14, 2021
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria are announcing an interim Elders’ Voice to provide cultural...
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MEDIA RELEASE: A New Era, and a Better Public Holiday for All Victorians | 5 July 2021
July 5, 2021
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria has yesterday called on the State Government to declare...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Victorian Government fails to deliver for Traditional Owners | 19 June 2021
June 19, 2021
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) is putting the Victorian Government on notice...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Funding Boost Supports Elected Aboriginal Voice | 20 May 2021
May 20, 2021
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) welcomes the Victorian Government’s record investment into...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Assembly welcomes new member and strengthens Elders’ Voice | 1 April 2021
April 1, 2021
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) has met for its second meeting of...
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Joint statement on Victoria’s Truth and Justice process | 9 March 2021
March 9, 2021
Today has been owed for 233 years. 233 years of violence, dispossession and deprivation. 233...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Assembly calls for Royal Commission to reveal full truth | 25 February 2021
February 25, 2021
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly), the democratically elected voice for Aboriginal people...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Assembly rounds out year with critical steps toward Treaty | 8 December 2020
December 8, 2020
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) has rounded out 2020 with another successful...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Treaty process to ramp up with new funding | 24 November 2020
November 27, 2020
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria welcomes the Andrews Government commitment to Treaty following strong...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Regional Treaty roadshow kicks off | 23 November 2020
November 27, 2020
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria has kicked off a regional Treaty roadshow to re-engage...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Always Was and Always Will Be | 10 November 2020
November 25, 2020
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme - Always Was, Always Will Be –is embedded in the...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Aboriginal youth urged to make their voice heard | 14 October 2020
October 14, 2020

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.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Treaty process in Victoria continues to break ground | 15 September 2020
September 15, 2020

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.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Historic first meeting between First Peoples’ Assembly and Victorian Government | 3 August 2020
August 3, 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.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Historic step forward for truth | 11 July 2020
July 11, 2020

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.

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MEDIA RELEASE: Assembly ready to commence negotiations with the State | 19 June 2020
June 20, 2020

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:

Murray Silby | 0474 977 307 | MurrayS@firstpeoplesvic.org