Yoorrook Justice Commission

Monday, 25 March 2024 - 9:00am to Friday, 26 April 2024 - 5:00pm
Yoorrook, 54 Wellington St Collingwood
Wurundjeri Country
Victoria

On 25 March, Yoorrook will begin hearings into injustices against First Peoples related to land, sky and waters with a ceremonial hearing on Gunditjmara country near Portland, where the colonisation of Victoria began. Daily hearings will then run 25-28 March. Hearings will resume on 15 April for a further two weeks.

The majority of hearings will be held in the Yoorrook hearing room at level 9, 54 Wellington St, Collingwood, 10am-4pm. Community and members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings in-person.

The purpose of these hearings is to hear evidence from First Peoples, academics, researchers and historians on injustices against First Peoples related to land, sky and waters.

This is the first week of three weeks of hearings on this topic. Subsequent weeks will feature evidence from the Premier of Victoria, government ministers, senior bureaucrats, organisations and associations, and Traditional Owners.

The land, sky and waters hearings will begin on 25 March with a ceremonial hearing on Gunditjmara country near Portland, where the colonisation of Victoria began.

Daily hearing at the Collingwood hearing room will then run 26-28 March.

It's time to tell the truth about the impacts of colonisation on First Peoples in Victoria. Have your voice heard. Come to the public hearings or watch the live stream. Make a submission. Find out more on the website.

The Yoorrook Justice Commission has been established as the first formal truth-telling process to investigate past and ongoing injustices faced by First Peoples in Victoria. This process aims to bring to light colonial conflict and dispossession, while also recognising the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.

The inquiry process involves hearing stories and gathering information from First Peoples, examining available data, seeking new information, and making recommendations for system reform and practical changes based on evidence gathered from institutions.

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