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In February 2016, Aboriginal people in Victoria called on the Victorian Government to negotiate a treaty.

Since then, work towards self-determination and treaty has been creating a new relationship between the Victorian Government and the Aboriginal community, a partnership that will empower Aboriginal communities to achieve long-term generational change and improved outcomes.

The first step on the pathway to treaty is for Aboriginal Victorians to decide who should represent the community and who can, and should, negotiate a treaty on their behalf.

This is such a significant period in time for us. An Aboriginal representative body is necessary to give a unified and strong voice for our mob. A treaty should deliver recognition of our unique position as this country's first people, repatriation for past wrongs and injustices, improve our lives today and allow us to establish the foundations for a strong and bright future for our future generations. It will enable us to build and celebrate our cultural strength.

- Jill Gallagher – Co-chair Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group

The Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group was formed to consult the Aboriginal community on what it would like to see in a representative structure so the government has an equal partner to work with on the pathway to treaty.

Sixteen consultation events were held throughout Victoria in 2016 and a further ten in March 2017. Find out more at Have your say at community consultations.

Aboriginal Victorians were also called upon to become Treaty Circle Facilitators to help their communities have their say and drive the pathway to treaty.

Anyone unable to attend a consultation or Treaty Circle was invited to visit an Online Message Stick to have their say about representation.

So far, approximately 7,500 Aboriginal Victorians have been consulted and engaged directly, with many more made aware of the process through online and print media.

For information about consultation outcomes and next steps see results of consultations.