September 19, 2018

Treaty Grant For Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corp

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to engage more Aboriginal Victorians on the state’s historic Treaty process.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins announced a $100,000 Treaty Engagement Grant for the Corporation through the Treaty Community Engagement Program.

The Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Corporation will conduct detailed research into what Treaty and self-determination mean to the Dja Dja Wurrung people. Local governments will also be engaged through the project.

The Treaty Community Engagement Program supports Traditional Owners groups and other organisations and businesses to engage with Victorian Aboriginal communities as well as non-Aboriginal Victorians on Treaty. This will provide further insight on how self-determination and treaty can strengthen Victorian Aboriginal communities.

The Program will also help ensure the Treaty process continues to be guided by Aboriginal voices and prepare the Aboriginal community for the establishment of the Aboriginal Representative Body and eventual Treaty negotiations.

Insights obtained through the Program will be used by the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission as it works to establish the Aboriginal Representative Body as part of the next phase of the treaty process.

A second round of applications for the Program have been received and are currently under consideration.

The Labor Government has provided more than $37.5 million to support the Treaty process and promote self-determination among Victorian Aboriginal communities.

Quote attributable to Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins

“Treaty will have benefits for all Victorians – promoting reconciliation, fostering shared pride in Aboriginal culture and helping to heal the wounds of the past.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Funding organisations like Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation to consult and engage on the Treaty process puts the Government’s commitment to self-determination into practice.”