All 38 Victorian First Peoples must receive a voice and a seat at the table

By Lidia Thorpe, Indigenous Greens MP - - At a pivotal moment in the treaty process please show your support by joining Elders and representatives of the 38 First Nations of Victoria at a rally next Friday, 26th October.

We are now at a pivotal moment in the treaty process, one that will shape the voice of Aboriginal people and the framework for treaty agreements.

Since the treaty legislation passed in June, the focus has shifted to the model for the Aboriginal Representative Body and how people will be selected to sit on that body.

The Treaty Advancement Commissioner has proposed a model that does not reflect our culture or show due respect to all the Nations and Clans across the state. It gives reserved seats at the table for only 11 of the 38
language groups (Nations) and 17 other people to be elected on a proportional basis across the state.

Clans and their Nations are the traditional governance structure of Aboriginal culture. We will not accept this discrimination against the 27 other Nations that are not ‘formalised’ on the government’s terms. We need a framework that respects Aboriginal culture and rights to self-determination.

All 38 Nations of the First Peoples of this land must have a voice and must receive a seat at the table. This is in accordance with rights to self-determination, as laid out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Treaty Advancement Commissioner will close consultations on the Aboriginal Representative Body at the end of October. We need to send a message loud and clear that the body must respect and reflect Aboriginal culture.

**We are calling on you to [unite with Elders and representatives of the 38 First Nations** as we rally with one voice for Clans and Culture.


38 Nations Rally


Friday 26 October at 1.00pm


Birrarung Marr - Birrarung Wilam shields (near ArtPlay), in Naarm (Melbourne)
EVENT details found here.

I hope you can join us for this important event.



Lidia Thorpe MP
404 High St, Northcote
9481 5777

P.S. If there is one event you attend before election day, this is it. Let me know you can make it.

I pay my respects to the Wurundjeri people and their neighbouring clans. Their languages, culture and connections to Country are still strong.

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