The Victorian Government set in train a process towards Treaty, with the passage of the Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Act 2018 and subsequent election of the First People’s Assembly of Victoria. Other states are watching these developments, while the “Uluru Statement from the Heart” is yet to be acted on at a national level. At the same time, the Plenary Council is calling is to explore new ways of journeying with Indigenous Australians.

The 2021 Walter Silvester Memorial Lecture will make a timely contribution in addressing these challenges. Titled ‘Truth, Treaty and Transformation’, it will be co-presented by Jason Kelly, member of the First People’s Assembly, and Professor Frank Brennan SJ AO, member of a Commonwealth Government’s group overseeing the Co-Design Process for the Indigenous Voice.

The annual lecture in honour of well-known Melbourne Pallottine Fr Walter Silvester SAC (1919-2005) is an initiative of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate and Australian Catholic University. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will be held online and go national. No registration is required.

Event Date

Tuesday 26 October 2021