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'I stand in solidarity of who it is I am and what Treaty represents as the tree. I am the tree of life that I have been given, and I will be the tree of life that I will give to future generations to come.'
Natarsha Bamblett’s moving maiden speech at the inaugural First People’s Assembly two years ago spoke of the profound significance of Treaty.
In March this year, Victoria became the first and only jurisdiction to institute a formal truth-telling process, announcing the establishment of the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission to investigate historical and ongoing injustices against Aboriginal Victorians. The commitment to this process recognises the need for truth and justice to be at the heart of Treaty, and it’s been a long time coming.
Will formally enshrining Aboriginal Victorians’ 'unique status, rights and cultures' build reconciliation, a shared sense of pride in Aboriginal cultures, and even start to heal deep wounds?
Join the First People’s Assembly’s Natarsha Bamblett and Elly Patira, Executive Director of Treaty at the Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria, as they discuss what Treaty could mean for Victoria, and for all First Nations people.
Presented in partnership with YIRRAMBOI
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Elly Patira is an indigenous woman with links to Gunai and Ngapuhi country. She is a lawyer and policy advisor with broad experience across constitutional, indigenous and minority rights law and policy, both domestically and internationally. She holds a BA and JD from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. She has worked in the public and corporate sectors, for Aboriginal organisations, within not-for-profits and as an advisor during the Fijian constitution-making process.
Elly is an Executive Director with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, within the Social Policy Group (Aboriginal Affairs Policy and Treaty). She is a founding director of Australian Lawyers for Remote Aboriginal Rights.
Nartarsha Napanagka Bamblett is an Aboriginal woman from the desendants of Yorta Yorta, Gunai Kurnai, Wuradjeri & Warlpiri tribes. Tarsh is passionate about story telling and expression through movement to allow connection to Self, Culture and Country.
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