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Mapping Culture: Treaty


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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

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... Read more

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.

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 ... Read more


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