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Treaty readiness and nation-building

Support for nation-building and treaty readiness is available for Traditional Owners in formally and non-formally recognised areas.

The $13.6 million support package recognises the diverse circumstances and aspirations of Traditional Owners in Victoria on their journey towards treaty, and the need to provide equitable support to enable all Traditional Owners to participate in negotiations.

Traditional Owner mapping

Funding will support research and mapping of family groups and Traditional Owner structures in regions without formal recognition. Mapping will assist Traditional Owners in these regions to participate fully in the treaty process and access targeted support around treaty readiness and nation-building.

Traditional Owner Engagement Officers

Traditional Owner Engagement Officers will be mobilised across the State to provide on-the-ground support to Traditional Owners in formally and non-formally recognised areas.

Traditional Owner Engagement Officers will promote ongoing engagement of Traditional Owners in the treaty process and support nation-building and treaty readiness activities.

Nation-building support services

Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, First Nations Legal and Research Services and Aboriginal Victoria’s Traditional Owner Programs will all receive funding to support their delivery of nation-building and treaty readiness services.

These service providers will work in partnership to ensure that Traditional Owners in formally and non-formally recognised areas can access core support and resources across three streams:

  • foundational support – Aboriginal Victoria’s Traditional Owner Programs
  • recognition support – First Nations Legal and Research Services
  • treaty readiness support – Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations

Nation building resource pool

$4.335 million in pooled funding will be available on an equitable basis to Traditional Owners in formally and non-formally recognised areas to support additional nation-building activities to meet their specific needs and priorities.

Traditional Owners will determine for themselves what activities to pursue. Some examples may include healing and family reunification, cultural knowledge sharing, advice on formal recognition process, treaty education and policy development.