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Amplifying Traditional Owner voices in the media, raising Traditional Owner concerns through advocacy and celebrating Traditional Owner vision through policy is at the core of our work.

We do this through publications, media and engagement.

Discussion Papers

The development of the Federation’s treaty Discussion Papers was funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) to support Aboriginal Victorians with the transition to treaty.

The Federation released six papers, developed to align with the insights and questions posed during Traditional Owner treaty engagement meetings.

The discussion papers successfully stimulate ideas, discussion and debate about treaty and agreement making in Victoria.

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Annual Reports

The Federation publishes its financial statements detailing the group’s financial performance and that of its subsidiary companies.

The accounts are prepared in accordance with Australian Accounting standards, and as a registered charity, the Federation is subject to regulation by the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission.

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Strategic Plans

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.

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. Together, our joint purpose is to facilitate and amplify a strong voice for Traditional Owners and progress our shared interests.

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The Victorian Government must give effect to Traditional Owners’ rights to water and guarantee Aboriginal-owned water title in order to stake its claim as a nation-leading environmental manager.

Our media release urges the Victorian Government to prioritise Traditional Owners’ rights as it negotiates Murray-Darling Basin Plan projects – recognising Traditional Owner groups as not just stakeholders to consult, but as rights-holders whose authority, knowledge and experience deserves respect.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3xuwdJa

The Victorian Government must give effect to Traditional Owners’ rights to water and guarantee Aboriginal-owned water title in order to stake its claim as a nation-leading environmental manager.

Our media release urges the Victorian Government to prioritise Traditional Owners’ rights as it negotiates Murray-Darling Basin Plan projects – recognising Traditional Owner groups as not just stakeholders to consult, but as rights-holders whose authority, knowledge and experience deserves respect.

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“It’s not about ‘forests’, it’s about honouring the Dreaming stories.”

So begins the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Landscapes Strategy – a landmark document Victoria Traditional Owners prepared with the Victorian Government, facilitated by the Federation, to articulate a progressive vision for restoring Traditional Owner management of Country.

Our CEO Paul Paton presented on this strategy on Friday at the Symposium on Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes – describing a 10-year framework for strengthening Traditional Owners’ resilience and capacity, and entrenching their knowledge into land policy, planning and management.

The concept of a cultural landscape bridges the differences between western world views of natural resource management – hard boundaries, land tenure – and caring for Country. As Paul said:

“Cultural landscapes bring Country back up to the surface and allows Country to speak.” 

Thank you to the DDepartment of Premier and Cabinet, Victorias FFirst Peoples - State Relationsgroup and RRMIT Universityfor hosting such a compelling and insightful symposium.

Photo of Paul presenting is courtesy of First Peoples – State Relations, Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Cultural Landscapes Strategy was made possible by DDepartment of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

Learn more about the Cultural Landscapes Strategy: https://bit.ly/cultural-landscapes

“It’s not about ‘forests’, it’s about honouring the Dreaming stories.”

So begins the Victorian Traditional Owner Cultural Landscapes Strategy – a landmark document Victoria Traditional Owners prepared with the Victorian Government, facilitated by the Federation, to articulate a progressive vision for restoring Traditional Owner management of Country.

Our CEO Paul Paton presented on this strategy on Friday at the Symposium on Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes – describing a 10-year framework for strengthening Traditional Owners’ resilience and capacity, and entrenching their knowledge into land policy, planning and management.

The concept of a cultural landscape bridges the differences between western world views of natural resource management – hard boundaries, land tenure – and caring for Country. As Paul said:

“Cultural landscapes bring Country back up to the surface and allows Country to speak.”

Thank you to the DDepartment of Premier and Cabinet, Victorias FFirst Peoples - State Relationsgroup and RRMIT Universityfor hosting such a compelling and insightful symposium.

Photo of Paul presenting is courtesy of First Peoples – State Relations, Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Cultural Landscapes Strategy was made possible by DDepartment of Energy, Environment and Climate Action

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Traditional Owners must be respected in their rightful roles as decision-makers actively healing and managing Country.

We support DJAARAs statement: devaluing Traditional Owners’ extensive experience in caring for Country dismisses 65,000 years of ever-evolving knowledge, and ultimately harms the forests we all care for.

DJAARA’s General Manager and Federation Chair, Cassandra Lewis, describes the long-term monitoring of Country by Traditional Owners as the “longest-running field data survey in the world”: it is not a new idea.

“From a modern science, empirical ecological perspective it is, but to Traditional Owners it has just been the way Country has been managed for 65,000 years.

We stand with DJAARA and all Traditional Owners as respected decision-makers for Country.

Read the statement: https://djadjawurrung.com.au/the-ugly-truth-about-whos-speaking-for-our-tall-forests/

Traditional Owners must be respected in their rightful roles as decision-makers actively healing and managing Country.

We support DJAARA's statement: devaluing Traditional Owners’ extensive experience in caring for Country dismisses 65,000 years of ever-evolving knowledge, and ultimately harms the forests we all care for.

DJAARA’s General Manager and Federation Chair, Cassandra Lewis, describes the long-term monitoring of Country by Traditional Owners as the “longest-running field data survey in the world”: it is not a new idea.

“From a modern science, empirical ecological perspective it is, but to Traditional Owners it has just been the way Country has been managed for 65,000 years."

We stand with DJAARA and all Traditional Owners as respected decision-makers for Country.

Read the statement: https://djadjawurrung.com.au/the-ugly-truth-about-…While many love our forests and many believe they know what's best for our forests, not very many have the experience and knowledge to properly manage them. At the heart of this tension is who has this knowledge.

There’s knowledge of Traditional Owners, developed over tens of thousands of years of caring for Country (and still developing as we collaborate with western experts). And there’s knowledge developed by academics who have studied forests for decades. Both contribute to caring for forests.

But when one kind of knowledge holder fails to listen – indeed, dismisses – the other, forests lose.

Read DJAARA’s statement here: https://djadjawurrung.com.au/the-ugly-truth-about-…;

#DjaaraLoveForests #ForestsForCulture #TheForestWars #TheUglyTruth
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We’re thrilled that the Flood Recovery Grant will support 10 Eastern Maar citizens to undertake Certificate III units at South West TAFE relating to flood recovery, waterway management and rehabilitation. 

This will build the capacity of community to prepare for flood emergencies and equip them with the skills necessary to act in both emergency response and flood recovery. 

Find out more about this and other projects here: https://fvtoc.com.au/sections/flood-recovery-grant-program/

Emergency Recovery Victoria 
South West TAFE 
Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation

We’re thrilled that the Flood Recovery Grant will support 10 Eastern Maar citizens to undertake Certificate III units at South West TAFE relating to flood recovery, waterway management and rehabilitation.

This will build the capacity of community to prepare for flood emergencies and equip them with the skills necessary to act in both emergency response and flood recovery.

Find out more about this and other projects here: https://fvtoc.com.au/sections/…

Emergency Recovery Victoria
South West TAFE
Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation
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