Truth and Treaty Yarns
Hear the latest updates from members of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, elected voice for Aboriginal people and communities in future Treaty discussions.
Engage with a Commissioner of the the Yoorrook Justice Commission, the first formal truth-telling process into historical and ongoing injustices experienced by First Peoples in Victoria.
This is an opportunity to ask questions that are relevant to your community.
Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder Uncle Andrew Gardiner and introduction by the Mayor of Moreland City Council.
The forum will be facilitated by Charles Pakana, independent and mobile Aboriginal (Tasmanian descent) journalist.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Thursday 30 June
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Brunswick Town Hall
Uncle Andrew Gardiner
First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria reserved seat holder representing Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation. He is proud Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung. For Uncle Andrew Gardiner, the Treaty process must ensure nobody is left behind. “At the end of the day, we’ve all worked through things to get a positive platform, but it’s our responsibility to get that moving and to communicate all these things to communities and get that feedback and start pushing that forward as well,” he explains.
Tracey Evans is a proud Gunditjmara woman and the elected representative for the metro region on the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria. Looking to the future, she urges the Community to take some lessons from the difficult period we find ourselves in. “Always be proud, always stay connected to your people, culture and Elders,” “Never give up, and keep fighting, as together we are strongest ."
Ngarra Murray, Member of First Peoples Assembly of Victoria for the Metropolitan region. Proud Wamba Wamba, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, Dhudhuroa and Wiradjuri. Ngarra Murray sees the Treaty process as an opportunity to reset relationships. “Treaties are a foundation for renewed relationships and will facilitate a new era of interactions with First Nations Peoples and the State,”
Maggie Walter (PhD; FASSA) is Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) and Distinguished Professor of Sociology (Emerita) at the University of Tasmania. In May 2021, Maggie was appointed a Commissioner with the Victorian Yoorrook Justice Commission, inquiring into systemic injustices experienced by First Peoples since colonisation. Now collecting testimony on Country, Yoorrook is Australia’s first truth telling commission and the first Royal Commission in Australia to be Indigenous led.