8th June 2018
The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples encourages action on treaty negotiations by all levels of government in line with the Statement from the Heart signed at Uluru.
During a week dominated by discussions of treaty, National Congress supports state efforts to commence treaty negotiations. It is promising to see that a bill to commence treaty negotiations passed the Victoria’s lower house yesterday. Should the bill pass the upper house it would be Australia’s first treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
National Congress also welcomes treaty discussion in the Northern Territory ahead of the government’s signing of a memorandum of understanding with Aboriginal Land Councils that pledges to work towards a treaty.
However, National Congress continues to reaffirm the need for a national treaty, in accordance with the Statement from the Heart and the Referendum Council’s findings.
“We urge the full implementation of the Statement of the Heart including the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the constitution as well as a ‘Makarrata’ Truth and Justice Commission so that we can begin a process of agreement-making with all levels of government” said Mr Rod Little National Congress Co-Chair.
“Treaty negotiations will follow efforts that truthfully recognise our history and pave the way for justice and reconciliation” said Dr Jackie Huggins.
National Congress advocates that treaty negotiations must be conducted in conjunction with a Truth and Justice Commission as outlined in the Statement from the Heart.
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