Reconciliation Victoria is very pleased to share that our Board Co-Chair, Uncle Shane Charles (Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung), has been elected to represent the First Peoples' Assembly for Metropolitan Melbourne. We are incredibly proud to have Uncle Shane’s ongoing leadership with Reconciliation Victoria and applaud his success to support Treaty advancement and negotiations with the State Government later this year.
On securing his seat with the Assembly, Uncle Shane said,
“I wish to thank the Elders of the past and present for gifting me the opportunity be part of our new journey of Treaty. I have been entrusted to represent my culture, family, and community at the table of the Treaty process. My spirit dances knowing I will be there with generations of support behind me and us Mob, as we move towards a new journey, a new future of FREEDOM”.
Reconciliation Victoria First Peoples Cultural Council member, Aunty Vicki Clarke OAM (Mutthi Mutthi) has also been appointed to the Treaty Authority. Aunty Vicki has been a remarkable champion for Reconciliation Victoria since we started back in 2002. As a Victorian Honour Roll recipient and strong education leader, Aunty Vicki will play a significant role in the Treaty Authority - a body that sits independent of the State Government and the Assembly. We know Aunty Vicki will ensure First Peoples’ voices, communities, cultures, and ways are strongly upheld and embodied in all steps towards Treaty in Victoria.
Read more on the First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria Treaty Election results.
Learn more about First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria Members.