Victorian Treaty Forum: 28 April 2017

On Friday 28 April 2017, a forum was held in Melbourne for the Victorian Aboriginal community. The purpose was to:

  • outline the journey so far
  • present the outcomes of the March consultations, Treaty Circles and Online Message Stick and
  • advise on the next steps in the treaty process.

At the forum, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, announced that the 2017-18 Victorian State Budget would provide $28.5 million to support the treaty process over the next 4 years, out of a total of $68.2 million towards Aboriginal self-determination. See the media release. The landmark investment includes funding for further consultation on treaty and the development of a new Aboriginal representative body. Aboriginal Victorians will be at the heart of the decision making process.

The forum was a real example of democracy in action, with many different views expressed. The Victorian Government and the Aboriginal Treaty Interim Working Group have listened and taken the communities thoughts and concerns on board. We are all on a journey towards treaty and self-determination, and we really want you to keep actively participating, having your say and inspiring others. You are all equal and deserve an equal voice in this process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to share your views.

Watch the Victorian Treaty Forum - Friday 28 April 2017

Photo gallery - graphic recordings

Victorian Treaty Forum 28 April 2017

Victorian Treaty Forum 28 April 2017

Listening to the voices of our communities

Victorian Treaty Forum 28 April 2017

Where are we up to....

Victorian Treaty Forum 28 April 2017

Where are we going?

Victorian Treaty Forum 28 April 2017

The future is whatever you make of it

Victorian Treaty Forum 28 April 2017

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