Australian Volunteers International

July 10, 2024

NAIDOC Week: Keeping the fire burning

For NAIDOC Week, AVI had the privilege of hearing from the First People’s Assembly of Victoria about the road to a Victorian Treaty.

For NAIDOC Week our Australian and international teams were invited to attend a presentation by Gurang / Quandamooka woman Kaylah Tyson and Gunai Kurnai woman Claire Hyett, from the First People’s Assembly of Victoria.

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is the independent and democratically elected body to represent Traditional Owners of Country and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria.

The First People’s Assembly believes that when it comes to Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal people are the experts. That’s why they have created a Treaty negotiation framework that will directly empower Aboriginal Communities with the ability and tools to come up with practical solutions at a local level.

Later this year they will be sitting down with the Victorian Government to negotiate a state-wide Treaty.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the First People’s Assembly for their leadership and vision. Let’s keep the fire burning 🔥

Find out more about the Victorian Treaty process

Pic: Kaylah and Claire with members of the AVI Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group