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New roadmap to hearing elders’ voices

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THE Yoorrook Justice Commission has today released its Roadmap to Hearing Elders’ Voices which outlines Yoorrook’s journey ahead covering the formal launch, commenceme­nt of Elders’ truth-telling and first formal hearings.

The roadmap restates Yoorrook’s commitment to hearing from Elders first and foremost, ensuring the historic work of the commission is guided by, and grounded in, cultural authority.

Covering five phases, the roadmap commences in March 2022, moving through the initial three phases of community pre-engagement, Yoorrook’s formal launch and Elders’ Yarning Circles.

The findings from these initial phases will culminate in Yoorrook’s first Elders’ hearings starting from April 26.

All five phases of the roadmap will contribute to the developmen­t of Yoorrook’s interim report which is due on June 30.

Professor Eleanor Bourke, chair of the Yoorrook Justice Commission, spoke positively about this announceme­nt.

“Elders voices are paramount,” she said.

“Their voice will underpin truth and justice for First Peoples.

“By prioritisi­ng Elders first, Yoorrook will ensure their stories and truths are captured and included as evidence in its final recommenda­tions.

“The roadmap provides a clear outline of the commission’s operations moving forward and demonstrat­es its commitment to putting Elders at the centre of this process.”

The first phase of the roadmap is First Peoples community pre-engagement which will begin this month.

Yoorrook’s formal launch and ceremonial sitting will take place on March 24 and will mark the formal start of Yoorrook’s inquiry and will be grounded in cultural practices.

Following Yoorrook’s formal launch, phase three will see commission­ers visit Elders across the state in regional communitie­s.

These meetings, titled Elders’ Yarning Circles, will take place between March 28 and April 22.

The Elders’ Yarning Circles present a platform for Elders to provide insights into the process directly to the commission­ers.

Commission­ers will also use these visits as an opportunit­y to go on country and attend sites of cultural and historical significan­ce.

The Elders’ truth-telling process will commence on April 26 and will run until

the delivery of Yoorrook’s interim report.

This will provide opportunit­ies for Elders to speak and determine if they want their stories included in the official public record of the

impact of colonisati­on in Victoria.

Further details of the support available to people participat­ing the process, will be announced at the commission’s launch on Thursday,

March 24.

Yoorrook will invite knowledge-offerings and truth telling from all Traditiona­l Owners and First Peoples in the second half of 2022, and from the broader

Victorian community after that.

To learn more about the Yoorrook Justice Commission, please visit the website at: https://yoorrookju­sticecommi­ssion.org.au/.

 ?? ?? READY TO LISTEN: Members of the Yoorrook Justice Commission (from left) Professor Maggie Walter, Dr Wayne Atkinson, chair Professor Eleanor Bourke, Sue-Anne Hunter and Professor Kevin Bell AM QC.
READY TO LISTEN: Members of the Yoorrook Justice Commission (from left) Professor Maggie Walter, Dr Wayne Atkinson, chair Professor Eleanor Bourke, Sue-Anne Hunter and Professor Kevin Bell AM QC.

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