(Photo credit: First Peoples' assembly of Victoria)
Marcus Stewart is a Nira illim bulluk man of the Taungurung Nation and elected Co-Chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.
Marcus Stewart has a chat with Balit Dhumba host Grant Hansen about the Treaty Process. It's important for Aboriginal people in Victoria to get on board and if you think that you might be someone who can come forward and make change, please vote.
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. Treaty is our opportunity to make sure we always have the freedom and power to make the decisions that affect our communities, our culture and our Country.
The Assembly will be pushing for a state-wide Treaty that will cover state-wide matters, It will empower the diverse Traditional Owner groups in Victoria to negotiate Treaties that reflect their specific aspirations and priorities.
"It's been a three-year process with the First Peoples' Assembly framework to push for a statewide Treaty. It's important for traditional owner groups to negotiate treaty on their country" says Marcus.
The Assembly you elect will negotiate a state-wide Treaty that works to improve the lives of our kids through truth telling, better education, more jobs, affordable housing, better health, and justice. Every vote counts and all First Peoples in or from Victoria are welcome to vote.
Your vote matters.
For people wanting to put their hand up to be a candidate in the elections, the nomination period will be from 3–24 April 2023.
Voting will take place from 13 May to 3 June 2023, with mob able to cast votes in person, online or in the post.
Traditional Owner groups with reserved seats on the Assembly will be encouraged and supported to begin their process of selecting their representatives soon.
More details coming soon.
If you’re already enrolled with the Assembly, please take a minute now to check your details are up to date so you’ll be ready to vote.