The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria has declared its intent to begin Treaty negotiations with the Victorian Government before the end of the year.
The Elected Members have released a roadmap, or ‘Statement of Intention to negotiate Statewide Treaty’, that outlines the steps the Assembly will take between its general elections in May and the start of negotiations to ensure it is living up to the standards promised by the Treaty Negotiation Framework.
The roadmap details what the Assembly will do to ensure it:
- represents and is accountable to the full diversity of First Peoples in Victoria;
- builds and strengthens its representative structures and processes to ensure that all First Peoples’ voices are heard;
- strengthens its governance and decision-making processes; and
- demonstrates the collective support of all Traditional Owners and First Peoples living in Victoria for Treaty outcomes.
By following the roadmap, the Assembly seeks to satisfy the Land and Waters, Community, Leadership and Inclusivity criteria for Traditional Owner groups set out in the Treaty Negotiation Framework.