We’re proud to announce we have a new strategic plan and our first CEO, Taungurung man Marcus Stewart, to help deliver it. See the full plan : https://fvtoc.com/strategic-plan/ Thanks to everyone who celebrated the launch with us on Birrarung Marr.
Over 100 delegates from across Australia participated in the Federation's joint conference with the National Native Title Council - Building Bridges: Reconciliation Action Plans And Opportunities For Indigenous Enterprise. Held at Melbourne University, speakers included Professor Marcia Langton and representatives from KMPG, NAB, Lendlease, Qantas, BCA to name just a few...
The Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations supports the Victorian Government’s call for an independent investigation into allegations made by the ABC Four Corners report that billions of litres of water allocated for the environment is being used to irrigate cotton farms in New South Wales.
Marcus Stewart, Deputy Chair of the Federation, said: ‘If these reports are true, less water will now be available to downstream users in Victoria, which puts our environment and cultural heritage at risk.’
The Federation supports all government initiatives that enhance the integrity of the water system to ensure the best outcomes from the Basin Plan for all Victorians.
We also encourage the Acting Minister for Water not to forget about the rights and interests of Traditional Owners.
The Federation's last fire meeting was a respectful sharing of knowledge with DELWP agreeing to support the co-design of an Aboriginal Fire Policy.
Great profile of the Federation's joint venture Barpa in the NT News this week. Don't forget Barpa is always looking to hear from Aboriginal people interested in working in construction - firstname.lastname@example.org - training provided!
Thanks to Victor Steffenson, Indigenous Fire Practioner from Cape York and David Wandin, Wurundjeri Elder for sharing their knowledge of how Traditional Owner led cultural burning practices can keep forests healthy with Federation members.
Biodiversity 2037 is Victoria’s new plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals. We acknowledge DEWLP’s positive approach to engaging with the Federation on this policy and look forward to working together on its implementation.
The Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations welcomes today's announcement of the Victorian Government's establishment of an Aboriginal procurement policy.
The Chair of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, Janine Coombs, said: 'This is something we have been working towards for a number of years and we are pleased that it is coming to fruition.
'The government's infrastructure investment has increased in Victoria in recent years, and a procurement policy that enables and supports Aboriginal business and employment will build Aboriginal economic capacity and empower Aboriginal people to participate in the state's economy'
'The success of the Commonwealth's Indigenous Procurement Policy is now the benchmark. While the Victorian goal of 1% is well below that of the Commonwealth, we welcome this as a starting point and look forward to working with the government on its implementation to optimise the outcomes
We're proud to announce our latest joint venture - On Country Heritage and Consulting - in partnership with Terra Rosa Consulting.
Federation Directors were in Canberra this week to lobby for Victorian Traditional Owner rights and to witness the Prime Minister accepting the Redfern Statement.