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NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in July and is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

Treaty for Victoria group photo

Treaty for Victoria

In 2016, the Victorian State Government commenced the process to develop a formal Treaty.

A First People’s Assembly will be established this year to provide guidance and input into its development, and the state-wide community conversations that will help inform this.

To coincide with NAIDOC Week, with its theme of ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’, local community members, service providers, representatives of the State Government as well as players and parents from the Bayswater Junior Football Club, joined with Council at the Marie Wallace Reserve Oval in Bayswater to show their support for the proposed ‘Treaty for Victoria.’

This involved the revealing of a ‘Treaty for Victoria’ spray-painted slogan on the surface of the oval as a visual representation of our support for a Treaty between the First Peoples of Victoria and the Victorian Government. It is our hope that this visual display can help ‘spread the word’ about the need for a Treaty within the Knox community, as well as more broadly.

Council, as well as all those who attended, look forward to progressing the Treaty conversation with our community over coming months.

Visit victreatyadvancement.org.au to learn more about the ‘Treaty for Victoria’.

Knox Local Treaty Conversation

The purpose of the Local Treaty Conversation evening is to facilitate a deeper community conversation with the non-Aboriginal community about Treaty/ies in Victoria.

Residents will be able to ask questions to a panel of experts to gain a deeper understanding of what Treaty will mean, and how it might work both locally and across the state.

The evening will include a Welcome to Country, finger food, followed by an interactive panel discussion.

  • Date Friday 9 August 2019 from 6:30pm - 9.00pm
  • Address Knox Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South
  • Cost Free - Bookings are essential.

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