This report fulfils the requirement in the Letters Patent for Yoorrook to deliver an interim report by 30 June 2022. It provides an update to First Peoples’ communities across Victoria, as well as the broader public, government and the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, of Yoorrook's journey and work to date.
The report is divided into three parts:
- Part A provides an overview of Yoorrook’s internal progress, beginning with a summary of Yoorrook’s establishment, Letters Patent, goals, and values. It outlines Yoorrook’s methodology, which places First Peoples in Victoria and their cultural values and practices at the centre of the Commission’s processes. These include the use of First Peoples’ languages, the design and delivery of social and emotional wellbeing and other support processes and services, and the integration of Indigenous Data Sovereignty and governance processes. This section of the report also describes challenges Yoorrook faced in the first year of operations and the Commission’s steps to overcome these.
- Part B presents Yoorrook’s approach to analysing the information it receives, the Commission’s research tools and how it will determine relevant rights, responsibility, and accountability. Most importantly, it highlights Elders' voices heard during Yoorrook's initial evidence gathering phase from March-May 2022, across yarning circles on country and wurrek tyerrang (hearings) and organises them thematically.
- Part C outlines Yoorrook’s next steps and path forward. Guided by Elders’ voices, it identifies areas of concern and details initial steps to begin to address and remedy some of the already identified impacts of systemic injustices resulting from colonisation. It further describes the process and considerations Yoorrook will use to guide its inquiries and some initial intended priority focus areas. Lastly, the section makes some interim recommendations which are required for Yoorrook to effectively advance the Commission’s goals of truth, understanding and transformation.