Without truth, there can be no Treaty: Introducing the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission
First Peoples in this country have been calling for a truth-telling process for generations. Building on this activism, in June 2020, the Assembly agreed that truth-telling must be a fundamental part of Treaty-making and called on the government to establish a formal truth-telling process.
The Yoo-rrook Justice Commission was formally established in May 2021 in response to this call. The mandate and form of the Commission were designed by the Assembly and the government, based on consultations with Aboriginal communities across Victoria.
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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.
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