The Elders’ Voice

Ensuring Elders are at the heart of a culturally strong Treaty process.

The Elders’ Voice will provide Aboriginal Elders of Victoria with opportunities to exercise their cultural authority and experience to strengthen Victoria’s progress towards Treaties by providing guidance, wisdom and cultural oversight to the work of the Assembly.

HAVE YOUR SAY

When Elders speak, we listen.

Respect, Connectedness, knowledge base, Lore of the land

Elders are crucial in providing us with their knowledge, history, wisdom and resilience. Their Voices must be heard, and respected on our shared journey towards Treaties in Victoria.

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria will be conducting community meetings open to Elders to participate in designing the structure, role and responsibilities of our permanent “Elders’ Voice” that will play a crucial role in informing and guiding our work.

We want to hear from you, our Elders!

Upcoming consultations

Bendigo — Monday 9 August 2021

Join us for a yarn from 1pm – 4:30pm at Quality Lakeside Hotel, Bendigo.

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Halls Gap — Wednesday 11 August 2021

Join us for a yarn from 10am – 1:00pm at Pinnacle Holiday Lodge, Halls Gap.

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Horsham — Tuesday 10 August 2021

Join us for a yarn from 11:30am – 3pm at Horsham Golf Club, Haven.

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Swan Hill — Tuesday 17 August 2021

Join us for a yarn from 12:30pm – 3:30pm at Swan Hill Resort, Swan Hill.

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Mildura — Wednesday 18 August 2021

Join us for a yarn from 10am – 1pm at Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Mildura.

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Mildura — Wednesday 18 August 2021

Join us for a yarn from 2pm – 5pm at Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Mildura.

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Melton South — Tuesday 31 August 2021

Join us for a yarn from 10:30am – 1:30pm at Kirrip House, Melton South.

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Dandenong — Monday 6 September 2021

Join us for a yarn from 10:30am – 2:30pm at Dandenong & District Aborigines Co-Operative, Dandenong.

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Shepparton — Tuesday 14 September 2021

Join us for a yarn from 10:30am – 2pm at Rumbalara Activities Centre, Shepparton.

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Interim Elders’ Voice

The Assembly are establishing an Interim Elders’ Voice to ensure that Elders have their voices heard in the work of the Assembly.

The Interim Elders’ Voice is being set up temporarily for 3 months, to establish the foundations for our permanent Elders Voice. The purpose of this is to ensure we have Elders leading the way with true self-determination. Meetings will be held across the state, open to Elders to participate in helping design the structure, role and responsibilities of our permanent Elders’ Voice.

View a guide to the Interim Elders’ Voice model via the button below, and stay tuned to our website and social media for updates about how to get involved in the coming weeks.

VIEW GUIDING DOCUMENT

Elders’ Voice Committee

Led by Committee Chair Tracey Evans, the Elders’ Voice Committee is made up of 19 Assembly Members. The Committee is responsible for engaging with Elders across the state in the creation of the Elders’ Voice.

“As the Chair of the Elder Voice Committee, I am immensely proud to lead this with work with the committee members, and on behalf of Assembly, the community and our Elders. The voice of our Elders are sacred to the journey of Treaties. We must learn, listen and give space for our Elders voices to be heard. Our Elders will create the path and show us the way.” – Tracey Evans

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Elders’ Voice resources

Elders' Voice Interim Model Guiding Document

The Elders’ Voice is designed as an interim model to be developed by Elders and driven by their
self-determination. This guiding document shows the overarching nature of the interim Elders’ Voice and how it works in relation to the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.

To view the guiding document, click here.

2019 Elders’ Voice report

In 2019 the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission contracted PricewaterhouseCooper’s Indigenous Consulting (PIC) to engage with Victorian Aboriginal Elders to identify their priorities in the design of an Elders’ Voice to the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria. This report is now informing the work of the Assembly in finalising the design of the Voice.

2019 Elders’ Voice Report — PDF Download

2018 Elders' Forum report

This report outlines discussions at the Elders Forum in September 2018, and sets out the path forward to embed an Elders’ voice within the Assembly.

2018 Elders Forum Report — PDF Download

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Have your say

Fill in the form below or call us on 1800 TREATY (1800 873 289)