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Jan 23, 2024

The Story of the Day of Mourning on January 26

On January 26 1938, First Peoples activists held the nation’s first Day of Mourning to coincide with the 150th anniversary celebrations of the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove.

Jan 5, 2024

My great-uncles went to war for Australia but returned homeless. It’s time to face the truth about Indigenous injustice

The Yoorrook Justice Commission will help Australians understand what happened when Europeans arrived and how it led to ongoing Indigenous suffering writes Commissioner Travis Lovett.

Dec 12, 2023

Protections for people who want to share information with Yoorrook 

Did you know that Yoorrook has a range of protections for people who want to share information with the commission?

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Jun 12, 2023

3CR Community Radio ‘Doin Time’

Yoorrook Commissioner Sue-Anne Hunter gave an update on the work of the Yoorrook Justice Commission on @3CR Community Radio’s ‘Doin Time’.
Jun 6, 2023

Cost of phone calls in prison

‘The Yoorrook Justice Commission, Victoria’s Indigenous truth-telling inquiry, has heard evidence the high prison call costs disproportionately impact First Nations people, who are over-represented in the justice system.

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In yarns & submissions, First Peoples are telling Yoorrook about the importance of land, sky & water and the impact of colonisation. Hear what they have to say.
How do First Peoples students experience the Victorian education system and how could it be improved? Yoorrook is looking into the barriers First Peoples face in accessing all levels of education, as well as the racism many still endure within the system. Now is the time to have your say by making a submission.
Yoorrook recently completed a month of public hearings during which Commissioners questioned government ministers and senior bureaucrats about injustices against First Peoples in the criminal justice and child protection systems.
The Yoorrook for Justice report is the culmination of Yoorrook’s year-long inquiry into Victoria’s child protection and criminal justice systems.

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April 11, 2024

Yoorrook to hear from the Premier, Ministers, Traditional Owners and churches at land injustice hearings  

On Monday the Yoorrook Justice Commission will resume hearings into the systemic injustices experienced by First Peoples in relation to…
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April 3, 2024

Statement following Victorian Government response to Yoorrook for Justice report recommendations 

Chair of the Yoorrook Justice Commission, Professor Eleanor Bourke said:  “Yoorrook Commissioners acknowledge the Victorian Government’s response to the Yoorrook…
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March 21, 2024

Yoorrook land hearings to start with ceremonial hearing at sites of first recorded massacre and land theft

On Monday, the Yoorrook Justice Commission will begin hearings into injustices against First Peoples related to land, sky and waters…
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