Aboriginal elders address Legislative Assembly

Elders address AssemblyOn an historic day in the Victorian Parliament, Aboriginal elders have addressed the Legislative Assembly.

The elders spoke in English and Woi-wurrung language to explain their connection with the Yarra River and the importance of protecting the river for generations to come.

The elders’ statements were made prior to the introduction of the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Bill 2017.

Aunty Alice Kolasa, Aunty Gail Smith, Ron Jones, Allan Wandin, Uncle Colin Hunter Jnr and Jacqui Wandin entered the Legislative Assembly chamber to the sound of traditional clap sticks.

After their statements, they were thanked by Speaker Colin Brooks and were applauded by members of parliament.

 

 

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