Treaty in the Australian Capital Territory

In 2018, the Australian Capital Territory Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affair declared the ACT government was open to talking Treaty with the First Nations of the Canberra region.

The Minister has spoken with community leaders, including individual Traditional Owners and members of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body (ATSIEB) about whether a state-based Treaty in the ACT should be pursued.

The ACT Government acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the Canberra region and that the region continues to hold cultural significance.

The ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028 sets out the direction of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in the ACT over the next ten years. The Agreement is committed to self-determination as the guiding principle in achieving equitable outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the territory. Self determination is recognised as an 'ongoing process of choice to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are able to meet their social, cultural and economic needs'.

What more can you do?

  • Write to the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith ALM to state your support
  • Write to Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs James Milligan to state your support
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