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.
When Elders speak, we listen.
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!
Introducing the Elders’ Voice Hotline
Aunty Charmaine Clarke and Uncle Andrew Gardiner are available for one-on-one phone calls via our Elders’ Voice Hotline. Let us know if you’d like a one-on-one yarn to share your ideas and help ensure the wisdom and resilience of our Elders can guide our journey to Treaty in Victoria.
Just send us your details and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on 1800 TREATY. Sitting fees will still be paid for your time and input.
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.
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
Elders’ Voice resources
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.
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.
Have your say
Fill in the form below or call us on 1800 TREATY (1800 873 289)