Our goals are
1. To support Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples’ public voice on issues of:
- land rights
- cultural respect
2. To promote respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures among non-Indigenous Victorians.
We achieve our goals through community-awareness raising projects such as school engagement projects, community stalls, provision of resource packs, facilitating networks of individuals and community organization, and through state and nationally-generated grassroots campaigns, such as Sea of Hands and Fanning the Flames.
We acknowledge that at the time of European invasion the totality of lands now known as Victoria were occupied by sovereign Indigenous nations who owned, cared for and enjoyed them in accordance with their laws, customs and traditions. The Indigenous nations’ sovereignty as well as their right of ownership, occupation, use and enjoyment of lands have not been ceded.
The impact of invasion forced drastic changes on Indigenous peoples, including where and how they lived, their languages, religion, health, economic status, freedom of movement and association, and in some cases their very survival.
We acknowledge all Indigenous peoples in Victoria today, including the original language groups as well as all clans, family groups and land owning groups; as well as their rights to their lands, self determination and control over their culture and traditions.
In order to achieve these goals, we actively seek guidance from and engagement with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community of Victoria, including with leaders, Elders, activists and other organisations. Read about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultation principles here.