Gunai, Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara
The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria has successfully called on the Victorian Government to support a truth-telling process. Truth-telling is a process of openly sharing historical truths after periods of conflict. They acknowledge past wrongs, ensure an accurate historical record and set a common understanding of our shared history.
The Assembly is working now to design a truth-telling process in Victoria that is guided by and reflects the needs of community. We believe that truth-telling will lay the necessary groundwork for successful Treaties.
We are working now to consider what a truth-telling process in Victoria could look like, and we want to hear from community: what do you want from a truth-telling process for your family, clan, nation and community?
Meet Melissa Jones, Assembly Member for the North West, Reserved Seat Holder representing the First People of the Millewa-Mallee, Co-Chair of the Truth-telling Committee and proud Latje Latje and Wotjabuluk woman.
“I have been working on native title for many years, helping traditional owners to get recognition. I am passionate about getting our youth skilled up. I want to use this opportunity as an Assembly Member to work towards the best outcomes for our people through both a state-wide Treaty and local Treaties.”
Meet Troy McDonald, Assembly Member for the South East Region, Reserved Seat Holder representing the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Co-Chair of the Truth-telling Committee and proud Gunai Kurnai man.
“I am immensely proud to be nominated by my Traditional Owner group to be a part of this first Assembly. This for me is about our waterways, it is about our air, it is about our stuff in the ground, it is about our trees, our animals and our families. I commit that I will serve our people with integrity, honesty and fairness on all levels.”
The Assembly has created a draft Terms of Reference for a Truth and Justice Commission that we are currently seeking community feedback on. The draft outlines proposed guiding principles and objectives for a truth-telling process in Victoria, as well as international best practice.
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We are seeking community views on a number of key issues relating to a truth-telling process in Victoria.
Have your say via the form below — you can answer all questions or those most relevant to you — or call us on 1800 TREATY (1800 873 289)