CREATING A POWERFUL VOICE FOR ABORIGINAL VICTORIANS ON TREATY

Aboriginal Victorians can now enrol to elect their chosen candidates in Victoria’s first – and historic – First Peoples’ Assembly.

The Assembly will be the voice of Aboriginal people in Victoria and help lead discussions in the next phase of Victoria’s nation-leading treaty process. It will be made up of 33 Victorian Traditional Land Owners, as decided through an election period, which runs from 8 to 21 July.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green and the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner, and Gunditjimara woman, Jill Gallagher AO visited Mernda Central College today to talk to students about the Treaty Process and the establishment of the Assembly.

Ms Green and Commissioner Gallagher are encouraging all eligible voters in the City of Whittlesea to enrol early so their voices are heard.

Working alongside the Andrews Labor Government, the Assembly will decide the ground rules for negotiations, set up an independent umpire for the Treaty process and create self-determination fund to support Traditional Owners throughout the process.

Enrolment is open for all Traditional Owners in Victoria and for Aboriginal people whose traditional Country is outside of Victoria if they have lived in Victoria for three of the last five years. Those aged 16 and up are eligible to vote, recognising the importance of young Aboriginal voices in the treaty process.

The Labor Government encourages all eligible voters to enrol from today. Candidate nominations are now open and close on June 17. Voting for the Assembly will occur from 8 to 21 July, with options to vote online, in person or via post. For more information visit www.firstpeoplesvic.org

Quotes attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“Enrolling is vital if you want your vote counted – all Aboriginal people aged 16 and above and who have lived in Victoria for at least three of the past five years can vote.”

“We’re gearing up to deliver the nation’s first Treaty – and broker a meaningful accord with the traditional owners of this land.”

Quotes attributable to Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher EO

“Our people have been demanding Treaty, and justice, for decades. All that hard work has led us to where we are today.”

“Our community is about to take a big step forward on the journey to Treaties. If we get it right, every Traditional Owner group should be able to negotiate their Treaty for their Country.”