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Welcome to the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations

The Federation is the Victorian state-wide body that convenes and advocates for the rights and interests of Traditional Owners while progressing wider social, economic, environmental and cultural objectives.

About Us

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land we work on as the First Peoples of this Country.

Country

Country is the central pillar of our work and strategy because healthy Country means healthy community. Country first is the guiding principle for our Traditional Owner knowledge holders. Our work to embed culture on Country supports Traditional Owner decision making in policy and respects over 40,000 years of lived experience on Country.

Our work on Country recognises the knowledge, rights and responsibilities of Traditional Owners. We work in the following areas to embed Traditional Owner voices in management of Country.

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Community

Community wellbeing means strong culture and healthy community.

Our community provides the direction and knowledge base that informs our work and guides our policy advice. It is our Traditional Owner community that we support to realise their Nation visions and have real management of Country and culture.

Our community is actively supported by our work in the following areas.

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Impact

Our work developing policy and advocating for Traditional Owner rights is impactful. Policy is the tool by which we embed self-determination in the colonising structures that govern Country and culture.

Our policy work with Traditional Owners supports them to realise their principles and visions through statutory and legislative change.

In the following areas we have made significant changes through our direct advocacy.

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About Us

We are the Victorian state-wide body that convenes and advocates for the rights and interests of Traditional Owners while progressing wider social, economic, environmental and cultural objectives.

We support the progress of agreement-making and participation in decision-making to enhance the authority of Traditional Owner Corporations on behalf of their communities.

Our governance supports our purpose to facilitate and amplify a strong voice for Traditional Owners and progress our shared interests. We talk about this more in the following sections.

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Economic development supports community wellbeing and is critical to enabling activation of rights and self-determination of our People.
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Congratulations to the Kabi Kabi people on their landmark native title determination. ✊🏾

The Federal Court of Australia has recognised the Kabi Kabi people as native title holders over 10,280 square kilometres of land and waters on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland – the first recognition of native title in a heavily urbanised area on Australia’s east coast, and the first the time right to take resources for any purpose has been recognised.

Twenty family groups fought for nearly 30 years for legal recognition of what has always been true: their ancestral and continuing connection to Country.

Kabi Kabi Peoples Aboriginal Corporation chair Norman Bond told the ABC the determination means critical nation-building work can now begin.

It means the Kabi Kabi people can be formally recognised by all tiers of government and by the public without feeling they have to justify who they are because the native title claim was not complete.

Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-06-17/kabi-kabi-people-recognised-as-native-title-holders/103985942

ABC Indigenous ABC Sunshine Coast

Congratulations to the Kabi Kabi people on their landmark native title determination. ✊🏾

The Federal Court of Australia has recognised the Kabi Kabi people as native title holders over 10,280 square kilometres of land and waters on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland – the first recognition of native title in a heavily urbanised area on Australia’s east coast, and the first the time right to take resources for any purpose has been recognised.

Twenty family groups fought for nearly 30 years for legal recognition of what has always been true: their ancestral and continuing connection to Country.

Kabi Kabi Peoples Aboriginal Corporation chair Norman Bond told the ABC the determination means critical nation-building work can now begin.

"It means the Kabi Kabi people can be formally recognised by all tiers of government and by the public without feeling they have to justify who they are because the native title claim was not complete."

Read more: https://abc.net.au/news/2024-06-17/…

ABC Indigenous ABC Sunshine Coast
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Ten years of strong, independent Aboriginal business! ✊🏾

We’re thrilled to be on beautiful Anangu Country at Uluru this week, to celebrate 10 years of Barpa Construction Services – the Indigenous construction company we co-own, which constructs schools, hospitals, offices and more, while providing economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and communities. 

Economic independence is a critical part of self-determination: it gives Nations the resources they need to be autonomous, resilient, and prosperous. 

Barpa creates Aboriginal jobs for Aboriginal people, and as a company, contributes to collective wealth for our communities. This enables Traditional Owner collectives to make decisions for ourselves, pursue our own goals, and ensure our Nations are strong.

Congratulations Barpa ✊🏾

LEARN MORE | bit.ly/4cmqMLM

Supply Nation Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Vic Ltd

Ten years of strong, independent Aboriginal business! ✊🏾

We’re thrilled to be on beautiful Anangu Country at Uluru this week, to celebrate 10 years of Barpa Construction Services – the Indigenous construction company we co-own, which constructs schools, hospitals, offices and more, while providing economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and communities.

Economic independence is a critical part of self-determination: it gives Nations the resources they need to be autonomous, resilient, and prosperous.

Barpa creates Aboriginal jobs for Aboriginal people, and as a company, contributes to collective wealth for our communities. This enables Traditional Owner collectives to make decisions for ourselves, pursue our own goals, and ensure our Nations are strong.

Congratulations Barpa ✊🏾

LEARN MORE | bit.ly/4cmqMLM

Supply Nation Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Vic Ltd
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New grants to embed Traditional Owner knowledge in agriculture training! 🍃

Agriculture Victoria has just announced the garinga djimbayang Grant Program, which offers grants for Registered Aboriginal Parties, in partnership with TAFEs, to embed Traditional Owner knowledge and practices in the design and delivery of accredited agricultural training.

Traditional Owners have produced food and managed resources on Country for centuries. Our knowledge and expertise have already benefited Victoria’s agricultural sector since the very beginning, and it’s right to centre Traditional Owner expertise in training the next generation of farmers, gardeners, and food-producers.

🌱 Grants open: now!
🌱 Grants close: 28 August 2024
🌱 Eligibility: RAP as lead applicant with a TAFE as primary partner
🌱 Grant amount: $300,000 – $1,000,000 

LEARN MORE | bit.ly/3KJ1zzk

garinga djimbayang – which means ‘to grow and learn’ in Dja Dja Wurrung language – had design input from the First Nations people on the Yuma Yirramboi Council. The Council provides independent advice to government to guide strong Aboriginal economic outcomes. Federation CEO Paul Paton is a proud member.

New grants to embed Traditional Owner knowledge in agriculture training! 🍃

Agriculture Victoria has just announced the garinga djimbayang Grant Program, which offers grants for Registered Aboriginal Parties, in partnership with TAFEs, to embed Traditional Owner knowledge and practices in the design and delivery of accredited agricultural training.

Traditional Owners have produced food and managed resources on Country for centuries. Our knowledge and expertise have already benefited Victoria’s agricultural sector since the very beginning, and it’s right to centre Traditional Owner expertise in training the next generation of farmers, gardeners, and food-producers.

🌱 Grants open: now!
🌱 Grants close: 28 August 2024
🌱 Eligibility: RAP as lead applicant with a TAFE as primary partner
🌱 Grant amount: $300,000 – $1,000,000

LEARN MORE | bit.ly/3KJ1zzk

garinga djimbayang – which means ‘to grow and learn’ in Dja Dja Wurrung language – had design input from the First Nations people on the Yuma Yirramboi Council. The Council provides independent advice to government to guide strong Aboriginal economic outcomes. Federation CEO Paul Paton is a proud member.
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We back the call for a paradigm shift in First Nations economic policy – and were pleased to share our views with The Australian National University.

Its just-published Murru waaruu report makes the call for a fundamental shift in First Nations economic policies: we are not passive recipients of government handouts or job offers, but competent economic partners with unique knowledge and assets, ready for a new way of thinking.

The Federation shared our views as a research participant and welcomes the release of the Murru waaruu report, which synthesises outcomes from six seminars held in 2023. It is clear we are at a critical point for First Nations economic empowerment – and governments must from this point on transform their thinking about our wealth and prosperity.

Learn more: bit.ly/murru-waaruu

We back the call for a paradigm shift in First Nations economic policy – and were pleased to share our views with The Australian National University.

Its just-published Murru waaruu report makes the call for a fundamental shift in First Nations economic policies: we are not passive recipients of government handouts or job offers, but competent economic partners with unique knowledge and assets, ready for a new way of thinking.

The Federation shared our views as a research participant and welcomes the release of the Murru waaruu report, which synthesises outcomes from six seminars held in 2023. It is clear we are at a critical point for First Nations economic empowerment – and governments must from this point on transform their thinking about our wealth and prosperity.

Learn more: bit.ly/murru-waaruu
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