Last week the Victorian government and the Victorian First People’s Assembly announced the state would be launching a Truth and Justice commission.
It is called the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission – so-called for the Wemba Wemba/Wamba Wamba word for truth – and is the nation’s first truth-telling process.
The commission is expected to begin in July and will run for three years before handing down a final report.
It will be tasked with investigating both historical and ongoing injustices against Aboriginal Victorians since colonisation by the state, across all areas of social, political and economic life.
Earlier in the week NIRS journalist Adam Evans caught up with First People’s Assembly co-chair and Bangerang woman Geraldine Atkinson to discuss the significant announcement.