Without truth, there can be no Treaties.
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.
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Based on advice from community so far, we are advocating for a truth and justice body to look at both historical and ongoing injustices – including a wide range of events, systems, policies and experiences since colonisation began.
Community input is vital to make sure the future truth and justice body meets your views and expectations. Send us your feedback via the button below.
Led by Committee Co-Chairs Melissa Jones and Troy McDonald, the Truth-telling Committee is made up of 18 Assembly Members. The Committee is responsible for engaging with the community and leading the creation of a Truth and Justice Mechanism.
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides a blueprint for Indigenous peoples and governments around the world, based on the principles of self-determination and participation, to respect the rights and roles of Indigenous peoples within society. It is the instrument that contains the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of Indigenous peoples all over the world.
To view the Community Guide, click here.
Have your say
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)