SA begins Treaty talks with First Australians

South Australia has become the latest State to enter treaty talks.

SA Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Kyam Maher said the State would begin the talks as a step towards reconciliation and Aboriginal governance.

The SA government has set aside $4.4 million over five years for the process, including the appointment of an Independent Commissioner for Treaty and governance training and support for Aboriginal nations to participate in treaty negotiations.

It said it would be the first time a State had committed to tailored negotiations with separate Aboriginal nations, to recognise the cultural authority of Australia’s First People and to consider the consequences of settlement.

In July, the Victorian government took another step towards a treaty in that State, setting up a Treaty Interim Working Group.

Wendy Caccetta

 

 

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