Here you can find news articles and other media resources that relate to Treaty and Aboriginal Self-Determination, locally, and on a national level. This feed will be regularly updated.
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A second Statement from the Community Assembly is shared
The Community Assembly have released a second Statement. The Statement reflects their unity, and the importance of their mandate. Severe weather conditions across the State have delayed their final meeting, which will be held in mid-December. This Statement communicates their voice to you. You can download it, or view it here:
Community Assembly materials now available
You can access the following materials that have been provided to the Community Assembly as pre-reading information, and guest presentations. These will continue to be udpated as the Community Assembly receive more materials. If you want to share your thoughts on the material, please submit a question via the portal, send an email, or respond to one of three surveys - which are open periodically between October to December 2017.
Treaty, yeah: Victoria moves ahead with plans for Indigenous settlement
This article reflects on the progress of the Victorian journey towards Treaty, including the newly announced Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission (VTAC). VTAC will “strengthen independence for the Victorian Aboriginal community on the path to treaty, and keep them at the heart of the process,” according to a statement from Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins.
Why do Victoria's Aboriginal People want a Treaty and what difference will it make?
This article explains what a Treaty is, and how it could help Aboriginal people in Victoria. It includes quotes from Mick Harding, co chair of the Working Group, who describes Treaty as providing a better opportunity for Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people in Victoria to understand each other. He also says that a Treaty will help young Aboriginal people in Victoria to understand their background and be looked after culturally, offering them hope.
Clinton Pryor walks to Canberra
Aboriginal Man Clinton Pryor walks across country to Canberra, calling for a national Treaty. Pryor left Perth protesting against forced closure of Aboriginal communities, and journeyed through Australia collecting the stories of Indigenous people. Pryor met with the Prime Minister, and leader of the Opposition.
NT to change place names
NT Government commits to changing racist place names, and to introducing Aboriginal place names to replace current descriptions.
First Native Title Sea Claim recognised
Yaegl people in Northern NSW first Community to have Sea Rights Recognised through Native Title Claim, spanning 18 years. This sets an important precedent for other groups around the country.
Western Bundjalung Native Title Claim Recognised
Western Bundjalung Native Title Claim Victory in Australian High Court: Federal Court Justice Jayne Jago handed down a positive determination of native title for the Western Bundjalung people at a Federal Court hearing held at Tabulam, on the New South Wales north-coast. The determination recognises the group's traditional rights and interests, including the right to fish, hunt, gather, camp and protect sites of significance, for more than 800 areas of land. It also recognises the Western Bundjalung people as the Traditional Owners of the claim area.
Group of prominent Australian's call for Self Determination Rights in NT
This is a statement from prominent Australians and Indigenous Elders asserting the rights of Aboriginal Australians in the Northern Territory, calling for the abolition of the Northern Territory Intervention to allow Communities across NT to have genuine self determination opportunities and control of community based assets like healthcare and housing. This shows the breadth of the self determination conversation nationally, demonstrating that it is not just confined to States that have entered into formal Treaty conversations. This was launched at the University of Melbourne on the 28 August, by Gillian Triggs.
NT Chief Minister urges 'new way forward' on Australia Day
NT Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, writing to Australia Day Council, to say that Australia must meaningfully acknowledge the entire story of the nation. He states that this means a genuine celebration and acknowldgement of Aboriginal contribution to national identity, and an acknowledgement of the frontier trauma passed from generation to generation.
Co-Chair of the Working Group presents at Reconciliation Victoria Network Forum
Jill Gallagher spoke at the Reconciliation Victoria Network Forum on 26th August 2017. The event itself provided an overview of RecVic's new strategy, outlining their facilitation role focussing on the areas of local government, building the capacity of new and existing local reconciliation groups and networks and defining their role in education. Jill's presentation focussed on constitutional reform and Treaty, providing an update to attendees about recent developments, and also about the direction in which the process is headed.
Uluru Statement endorsed by Gurindji leaders
The descendants of Gurindji workers and their families who participated in the historic walk-off at Wave Hill station in the Northern Territory have endorsed the Uluru Statement from the Heart, calling for a stronger indigenous voice in Parliament.
Two Victorian Councils ditch Australia Day Citizenship Ceremonies
Two Victorian City Councils have shown strong support for the Aboriginal Community, by making the decision not to hold citizenship ceremonies on the 26 January. The City of Yarra, in Melbourne's inner east, and the City of Darebin, in Melbourne's north have made the historic decision to cease celebrating citizenship ceremonies on 26 January, a day that for Indigenous Australians is a day of mourning and marks the arrival of white colonisers to Australia.
Hope and Determination at Garma
The 2017 Garma festival in Arnhem Land, NT, has ended with hope and determination, with Aboriginal Leaders calling on government to be accountable to the experience they lived at Garma. Off the back of the Uluru Convention, regognition and self determination were at the top of the agenda, with the theme of 2017 Garma: Makarrata. The Prime Minister cites the biggest obstacle to constitutional recognition as education, with the greatest difficulty educating the wider non-Aboriginal Australian population about the reasons behind the movement.
First Aboriginal person in history addresses Victorian Cabinet
Taungurung Traditional Owner Mick Harding became the first Aboriginal person in history to address the Victorian Cabinet. On this monumental occasion, Mr Harding who is Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group, presented an update to Cabinet on the work towards a Treaty. Mick said "It was a great honour to be the first Aboriginal person to address the Victorian Cabinet and provide an update on the Victorian treaty process and what it means to my people". Aa Aa Yuwang-ngal-in marram nganjin budambun-djerring, which means in Taungurung language that Aboriginal Victorians and the Government need an agreement together that is reciprocal.
Constitutional recognition summit: Leaders call for Indigenous Voice
Key Demand to emerge from Uluru is a new representative body for Indigenous people.
Uluru statement from the Heart
Uluru Statement from the Heart : Statement penned by the 250 Aboriginal Leaders who travelled to Uluru in May, 2017 to discuss constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and the negotiation of Treaty.
Constitutional Recognition and its meaning for Aboriginal families
This article explores the impact that constitutional recognition will have upon every day Aboriginal families.
A Treaty could change this Nation's cultural tapestry
Richard Frankland writes for Indigenous X, and talks about what a Treaty means to him. He emphasises that a Treaty can mean many different things to different people but for him it carries a lot of potential for the future of Aboriginal people in Victoria, and a lot of hope.
SA Appoints Treaty Commissioner
Senior Aboriginal leader Roger Thomas has been appointed as Treaty Commissioner in South Australia. Dr Thomas, a Kokatha and Mirning man will embark on community consultations to listen to conversations within the Aboriginal Community. These consultations aim to find out what the Aboriginal Community wants from a Treaty, and then Dr Thomas will report back to government.
SA joins Victoria on Treaty
South Australia has joined Victoria by committing to enter into Treaty discussions with Aboriginal nations to help address past injustices. The government has set aside $4.4 million over 5 years to support the treaty process, and has appointed an independent treaty commissioner who will consult Aboriginal Communties.
10 Key Moments from Victorian Treaty Talks
The Victorian Treaty and Self Determination forum in May, 2016, brought many memorable and symbolic moments, as well as a renewed sense of optimism and progress amongst the Victorian Aboriginal Community.