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We strongly acknowledge the traditional land on which we live and work and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.

We acknowledge the inherent rights of First Nations peoples to preserve and care for Country while continuing to connect and practice the oldest living culture in the world.

This report is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Traditional Owner Programs team at Aboriginal Victoria and First Nations peoples from across the state of Victoria. The time and commitment given to the projects goes to the heart of the content of this report, and we acknowledge the ongoing commitments and resilience of First Nations communities.

We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute as research and facilitation partners in this work.

We thank all participants who contributed and shared their powerful stories and knowledge with us, which helped form this report.

Furthermore, we acknowledge the responsibility of governments to carry these voices forward through the work we do, while continuing to strengthen our relationships with First Nations people through meaningful dialogue supporting the self-determination journey.

The strength and cultural obligations of Aboriginal people deserve to be recognised and acknowledged in their entirety.