Truth-telling

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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Community Consultation: Truth-telling Terms of Reference

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?

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Truth-telling updates & events

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December Assembly Chamber Meeting Agenda | 7-8 December 2020

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The First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria is meeting for the next Chamber Meeting on 7-8…

Truth-telling Livestream Video

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for a conversation about Truth-telling and how community…

Community consultation: Truth-telling

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The First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria have resolved to work with the State of Victoria…

Committee Chair

Melissa Jones, Latje Latje and Wotjabuluk

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.”

Troy McDonald, Gunai Kurnai

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.”

Committee Members

Members Cultural GovernanceMembers Treaty AuthorityMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingMetro - MembersMetropolitan
December 5, 2019

Alister Thorpe

Gunai, Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara

Contact: alistert@firstpeoplesvic.org More information coming soon.
Members Cultural GovernanceMembers Elders' VoiceMembers Truth-tellingMetro - MembersMetropolitan
December 5, 2019

Carolyn Briggs AM

Boon Wurrung

Contact: carolynb@firstpeoplesvic.org More info coming soon
Members Cultural GovernanceMembers Elders' VoiceMembers Treaty AuthorityMembers Truth-tellingReserved Seat HoldersRSH - MembersSW - Members
December 9, 2019

Donna Wright

Kerrupmara / Gunditjmara Nation and Kamilaroi

Introducing Assembly Member and reserved seat holder for the South West, Donna Wright – a…
Members Elders' VoiceMembers Treaty AuthorityMembers Truth-tellingMetro - MembersMetropolitan
December 5, 2019

Esmerelda Bamblett

Bangerang, Wiradjuri and Taungurung

Contact: esmereldab@firstpeoplesvic.org More information coming soon.
Members BoardMembers Cultural GovernanceMembers Elders' VoiceMembers Self-determination FundMembers Treaty AuthorityMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingNE - MembersNorth East
December 9, 2019

Geraldine Atkinson

Bangerang and Wiradjuri

Contact: geraldinea@firstpeoplesvic.org More information coming soon.
Members Cultural GovernanceMembers Self-determination FundMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingNorth WestNW - Members
December 5, 2019

Jacinta Chaplin

Wadi Wadi

Contact: jacintac@firstpeoplesvic.org   More information coming soon.
Members Cultural GovernanceMembers Elders' VoiceMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingNorth WestNW - Members
December 5, 2019

Jason Kelly

Mutthi Mutthi and Wamba Wamba

Contact: jasonk@firstpeoplesvic.org More Information coming soon
Members Cultural GovernanceMembers Self-determination FundMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingSouth WestSW - Members
December 5, 2019

Jordan Edwards

Gunditjmara, Arrernte and Waddawurrung

Assembly member for the South West Region, Jordan Edwards – a proud Gunditjmara, Arrernte and…
Members BoardMembers Cultural GovernanceMembers Elders' VoiceMembers Self-determination FundMembers Treaty AuthorityMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingNE - MembersReserved Seat HoldersRSH - Members
December 9, 2019

Marcus Stewart

Taungurung

Contact: marcuss@firstpeoplesvic.org More information coming soon.
Members Self-determination FundMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingMetro - MembersMetropolitan
November 25, 2019

Matthew Burns

Taungurung

Introducing Assembly Member for the Metropolitan Region – Matthew Burns, a proud Taungurung man. Matthew…
Members BoardMembers Cultural GovernanceMembers Elders' VoiceMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingNW - MembersReserved Seat HoldersRSH - Members
December 9, 2019

Melissa Jones

Latje Latje and Wotjabuluk

Melissa Jones is a proud Latji Latji woman representing the First People of the Millewa-Mallee.  As…
Members Treaty AuthorityMembers Treaty Negotiation FrameworkMembers Truth-tellingMetro - MembersMetropolitan
June 29, 2020

Muriel Bamblett

Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta

Muriel Bamblett, Assembly Member for Metropolitan Proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Muriel Bamblett…
Members BoardMembers Elders' VoiceMembers Treaty AuthorityMembers Truth-tellingMetro - MembersMetropolitan
November 26, 2019

Ngarra Murray

Wamba Wamba, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, Dhudhuroa and Wiradjuri

Introducing Assembly Member for the Metropolitan Region – Ngarra Murray, a proud Wamba Wamba, Yorta…
Members Truth-tellingSE - MembersSouth East
December 9, 2019

Peter Hood

Bangerang Kurnai connections to Yorta Yorta Taungurung and Wurundjeri

Assembly Member for the South East Region, Peter Hood is a proud Kurnai man with connections…
Members Truth-tellingMetro - MembersReserved Seat HoldersRSH - Members
December 9, 2019

Robert Ogden

Bunurong

Introducing Assembly Member for the Metropolitan Region and Reserved Seat Holder representing the Bunurong Land…
Members Truth-tellingSouth WestSW - Members
November 26, 2019

Sissy Austin

Djap Wurrung Gunditjmara Keerray Woorroong

Introducing Assembly Member for the South West, Sissy Austin – a proud Gunditjmara Keerraay Woorroong…
Members Elders' VoiceMembers Truth-tellingMetro - MembersMetropolitan
December 5, 2019

Trevor Gallagher

Gunditjmara

Introducing Assembly Member for the Metropolitan Region – Trevor Gallagher, a proud Gunditjmara man. Trevor…
Members BoardMembers Self-determination FundMembers Truth-tellingReserved Seat HoldersRSH - MembersSE - Members
December 2, 2019

Troy McDonald

Gunai Kurnai

Introducing Assembly Member for the South East Region and Reserved Seat Holder representing the Gunai…

Truth-telling resources

Draft Terms of Reference for a Truth and Justice Commission

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.

Draft Terms of Reference — PDF Download

Interested in giving feedback? Click here.

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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)