The Andrews Labor Government has kicked off the first ever Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll NAIDOC Exhibition in celebration of NAIDOC Week.
The inaugural exhibition celebrates the extraordinary contribution Aboriginal Elders have and continue to make to Victoria, with special installations now available to view in Queens Hall at Parliament House until Friday, 12 July.
The installations feature the stories of all 107 Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll inductees, including Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher, singer-songwriter Archie Roach and Australia’s first Indigenous Paralympian Kevin Coombs.
NAIDOC Week celebrations kicked off in Victoria on 1 July with the NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony, followed by the National NAIDOC Week that runs until 14 July.
This year’s NAIDOC theme is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s Work Together for a Shared Future, providing an opportunity to reflect on the importance of Aboriginal peoples’ voices and to come together to learn more about Aboriginal cultures, histories and aspirations, including Treaty.
The Labor Government is supporting a variety of NAIDOC events, such as the NAIDOC Awards, Flag Raising Ceremony, LGBTQIA+ Pride Crowning, the NAIDOC March and NAIDOC Ball.
Victoria is the first Australian state to commit to negotiating Treaty with First Peoples as part of its pledge to progress self-determination.
An election will take place later this year to establish the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, which will be the voice for Aboriginal communities during the treaty process.
Aboriginal Victorians are encouraged to enrol to vote in the election and nominate potential assembly members.
For more information, visit firstpeoplesvic.org.
As noted by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings
“NAIDOC Week’s theme of Voice.Treaty.Truth speaks to something Aboriginal Victorians have long called for – truth-telling about our state’s history.”
“We’re proud to support the inaugural NAIDOC Exhibition so all Victorians can learn the stories and contributions of Aboriginal Elders in their community.”