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Mapping Culture: Treaty

'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 

Mapping Culture: Treaty

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Portrait of Elly Patira

Elly Patira

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.

Portrait of Nartarsha Bamblett

Nartarsha Bamblett

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.

Portrait of Douglas Briggs

Douglas Briggs

Douglas Briggs is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri man, and the Policy and Advocacy Officer for the Koorie Youth Council (KYC). As the eldest child in his family and eldest grandchild on both sides of his family, he is passionate about education and justice reform for our young people. Douglas is dedicated to ensuring that the generations to come don’t just survive despite all that is against them, but thrive and continue the legacies our Elders and ancestors left us. Douglas was an Executive member for 5 years before joining the KYC team and was an active member who presented Ngaga-dji at events.

Wheeler Education

Being a teenager is all about change. Adolescence is when most of us form a sense of the world, try to find our place in it and (hopefully) have some fun along the way. Beyond what we learn at school, some of our most valuable learning happens when we discover the communities and ideas that connect us.

In the extraordinary times we live in, Wheeler Education is here to bring the world to teens – and teens to the world. We’ll explore the challenges facing young people right now, and the bold ways they’re envisioning their own futures. Hear from teens, writers, and educators about their passions, plans, survival tips and more.


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