Supporting All Traditional Owners Along Journey

  • Minister for Aboriginal Affairs

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting self-determination by ensuring Traditional Owner groups are engaging in formal recognition and Treaty processes.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings today announced $950,000 a year for three years under the Strong Roots for Our Futures program.

The program is about ensuring that Traditional Owners not formally recognised under various Acts are part of Victoria’s nation-leading Treaty process.

It includes any group not formally recognised under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, the Native Title Act 1993 or Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010.

These groups are located in four key regions of the state – Far East Gippsland, the North East, the Mid North West and Central North West Victoria.

The program – designed in consultation with Victorian Traditional Owners – supports activities that promote Treaty, formal recognition, healing, culture and Country, governance, young people and relationships.

For example, funding might support a facilitation workshop, meetings on Country or family reunions.

Up to $25,000 will be provided for successful small projects, that might focus on cultural activities, knowledge sharing, mentoring or cultural protocols.

Up to $100,000 will be provided for successful large projects, such as regional cultural events or knowledge sharing events.

To apply or for more information, visit aboriginalvictoria.vic.gov.au/strong-roots-our-futures-program. Applications close on Sunday, 3 May 2020.

As stated by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings

“Some Traditional Owners without formal recognition have said that they feel left out and left behind – we’re determined to reset those relationships.”

“We want all Traditional Owners to have the right foundations to grow, be strong and support community members.”

“I encourage eligible Traditional Owner groups to make the most of this support, think about what areas they would like to develop and apply for funding.”

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