The Federation is the peak representative body for Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations.
We came together to create a strong voice for Victorian Traditional Owners and promote the interests of our members.
Victoria has legally recognised Traditional Owner groups across nearly 70% of the State and this figure is set to grow as the final native title claims are resolved over the next few years. To manage our native title settlements and interests, each group created a Traditional Owner Corporation on Country.
Our corporations represent our people and are recognised by government as the cultural custodians of our Country. Much of our work focuses on protecting Victoria’s Aboriginal cultural heritage for everyone to enjoy and sharing our traditional knowledge to care for Victoria’s land and waters. Our corporations are critical to strengthening the future of our people and while each group may be culturally different; each corporation is facing similar issues. We are not always consulted on decisions that affect our Country and we want to create sustainable businesses that can leverage the most from our settlements.
We realised that by coming together we could be stronger. Initial meetings between groups interested in creating an alliance were held in 2012 and we resolved to create the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations in 2013, focusing on our shared interests – broadening political engagement, increasing economic opportunities and caring for Country.
The Federation launched officially during Reconciliation Week 2013 at Parliament House at a ceremony attended by all political parties.