Hey there. Thanks for joining the conversation about Treaty with us on social media! If you’re new here, you’re one of nearly 40,000 others that started following us this year. We’re grateful to have you onboard.
It’s been an important space to share news and updates about the shared journey to Treaty, but we’ve also loved sharing other deadly mob-related content – and it seems you have too. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had more than a million likes, comments and shares combined!
We thought it would be fun to revisit some of the content that you loved best!
So check it out, our top social media moments of 2022…
1. Cute kids
Who loves cute kids? Everyone loves cute kids!
And we had them in bucket loads.
Remember when this little fulla – who just so happens to be the son of our Assembly Member, Jordy Edwards – showed the world his deadly shake-a-leg moves? The oldest living culture in the world is in safe hands with this next generation!
Oldest living culture in the world. And going strong 🖤💛❤️👇🏾👇🏼👇🏽👇🏿 pic.twitter.com/krZcd54dwm— First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (@firstpeoplesvic) April 30, 2022
Then over at junior Ally headquarters, melted our hearts with this acknowledgment of Country.
Of course, we love Ash Barty all of the time, but it was this photo of little Ash Barty that sent us into meltdown.
And finally, we’ve seen some very cute kids in the traditional dance troops and welcome to Country ceremonies held at our various Assembly Meetings, but it seems this proud and deadly kid (from Cultural Connections dance group’s performance on the lands of the Brabralung people of the Gunaikurnai Nation) found a special place in your hearts.
2. Reality TV
Yep, we’re all suckers for reality TV and this year delivered some touching and encouraging moments.
There was the time Castlereagh Connection sung ‘Stand By Me’ in Gamilaraay on The Voice Generations and brought the house down.
And the time there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Breanna sung the late Uncle Archie’s powerful ‘Took the Children Away’.
And how good was it when we got First Nations faces on Gogglebox for the first time ever!?
But realty tv isn’t all bright lights, it also reminded us of the power of one and one connections and how sharing simple truths can change hearts and minds and bring us closer together. On ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’, contestants Derek Kickett and Dylan Lewis had a great yarn about Language.
3. Our big Treaty moments
We loved sharing news of our big milestones and we loved your responses!
When Assembly Members signed an agreement with the Premier, Daniel Andrews, down on Gadubanud Country of the Eastern Maar people, to establish the Treaty Authority – which will be the independent umpire for Treaty negotiations and will sit entirely outside of government bureaucracy – we knew it was history in the making, and it seemed you did too.
Yesterday a huge step was taken on the shared journey towards Treaty in Victoria.— First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (@firstpeoplesvic) June 10, 2022
Here’s a thread on what you should know about it… pic.twitter.com/9P6G7Tmqdr
But when we took to Parliament to see the required legislation introduced and passed, we really got the whole state’s attention.
And of course, in October, when agreement was reach on the framework and process for Treaty-making, it seems everyone was ready to celebrate.
4. Mob’s art and culture
Seem you can’t get enough of our Mob’s artwork!
From the dazzling art trams….
The captivating Djaara Lights in Bendigo
You also loved when people shared and celebrated our culture.
Like you really went nuts for this awesome train driver who did an unexpected Acknowledgement of County for passengers in Richmond.
Likewise when sporting teams embrace language for anthems and deadly designs for their guernseys.
And of course, how can we not mention the deadly music at Treaty Day Out!
What a response we got when we live streamed Yothu Yindi’s performance of Treaty following a massive thunder storm up on Yorta Yorta Country.
5. Our sporting heroes – on and off the field
Ash Barty winning the open was a pretty awesome way to kick of 2022.
But it was Eddie Bett’s standing firm against racism that you really got behind.
Speaking of sports stars, we loved speaking to various sports clubs around the state, but it was a special morning down at Arden Street when our we hung out with Jy Simpkin.
And let’s remember this deadly Gunai Gunditjmara man Andrew ‘Googz’ Thorpe, who ran seven marathons in seven days.
That’s a wrap – see you in 2023!
They were just some of the highlights of 2022 and we’re sure 2023 will be even more fun, so stick around and maybe invite your friends, brothers and sisters to join in too! We’ll continue to share Treaty news, events and more over the next 12 months.
And together we’ll continue to find our collective voice and build our strength.
(So we can keep telling big politicians to put their gammin responses in the bin when we need to 😉)
Our official* response to what Scott Morrison said today:— First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (@firstpeoplesvic) February 14, 2022