TRADITIONAL OWNER GROUPS WELCOME HISTORIC TREATY LEGISLATION

VERY few words could give this moment justice. Thrilled, excited and proud are a few ways to describe the feeling Traditional Owner groups are currently experiencing over the news that Australia’s first-ever Treaty legislation has passed in Victoria. Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations CEO Marcus Stewart said this was a historic moment and one that should be embraced and celeberated by all Victorians. “The importance of a Treaty cannot be overstated. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to embark on a renewed and mature relationship between our people and the State that is long overdue,” he said. “It has great potential to improve recognition, enhance our economic opportunities and target better health, employment and education outcomes. It is the next crucial step towards reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians. “This is an opportunity to have a joint pathway for reconciliation, one we can all walk together.” Mr Stewart said he would like to congratulate all of the leaders who chose to stand tall in the corridors of power and support this momentous legislation. The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 was the culmination of the work of more than 7,500 Aboriginal community members who have been engaged in work to further the Treaty process in Victoria. The Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher AO will now continue to work with Traditional Owners across the state to establish a democratically-elected Aboriginal Representative Body to further the Treaty process.

For further comment or information please contact Alexandra Sheehy on 0420 314 221. Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations

PO Box 431, North Melbourne VIC 3051

t: (03) 9321 5300 | Toll Free: 1800 791 779 | f: (03) 9326 4075

Website: www.fvtoc.com.au

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land we work on as the First People of this country.

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