Andrew Jackomos — who has previously served as Victoria’s first Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People — is one of five Indigenous people who have been appointed as Treaty Authority members following a months-long recruitment process.
The Treaty Authority will be responsible for managing and facilitating state-to-Indigenous consultations, marking a major milestone in the process of reconciliation.
According to ABC News, Jackomos’ parents fought for Aboriginal civil rights alongside the legendary Yorta Yorta leader Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls. He has Greek and Aboriginal heritage.
Jackomos said the challenge of his new job is “particularly humbling.”
“I’m humbled by the opportunities that I have that people back then were fighting for,” Jackomos stated to ABC News.
In relation to joining treaty talks with the Victorian state government, Jackomos asserted he will aim to ensure negotiations are being done in a way that respect necessary laws and the cultural safety of all parties and groups involved.
“I think the important thing is for everyone to understand that when you come to the treaty table, that we’re there as equals and it’s about promoting self-determination, empowerment,” Jackomos said.
Source: ABC News