The Yoorrook Justice Commission is the first formal truth-telling process into historical and ongoing injustices experienced by First Peoples in Victoria.
How did we get here?
Building on decades of First Peoples’ activism, the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria calls on the Victorian Government to work towards establishing a truth and justice process.
The Victorian Government announces its commitment to a truth and justice process, designed to run in parallel to the Victorian Treaty process.
The Assembly and Victorian Government work together to design the form and mandate of the truth and justice process based on consultation with Aboriginal communities across Victoria.
The Yoorrook Justice Commission is formally announced, and an Expression of Interest process begins for Commissioners. Yoorrook’s historic mandate is to inquire into both historical and ongoing injustices against First Peoples in Victoria since colonisation. It will establish an official record of the impact of colonisation on First Peoples in Victoria, as well as make recommendations for practical actions and reform needed in Victoria to acknowledge historical injustices and address ongoing injustices.
The Expression of Interest process for Commissioners closes with shortlisted candidates publicly announced, followed by a public comment period.
Yoorrook’s five Commissioners are announced and Yoorrook is legally established with the powers of a Royal Commission.
Yoorrook Justice Commission due to deliver its interim report.
Yoorrook Justice Commission due to deliver its final report.
What will Yoorrook do?
Yoorrook will look into both past and ongoing injustices experienced by Traditional Owners and First Peoples in Victoria in all areas of life since colonisation.
strength and resilience of First Peoples' cultures.
See Yoorrook’s Letters Patent that set out its mandate in detail.
How will Yoorrook run its inquiry?
We are currently designing the process for gathering information and submissions from Traditional Owners and First Peoples. This will include the type of support that will be available to those who participate in Yoorrook’s processes.
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