NT Treaty Commission Final Report released
The Territory Government has today released the Northern Territory Treaty Commission Final Report, a landmark step towards reconciliation and self determination for the NT’s Aboriginal people.
The report, which was delivered to Minister for Treaty and Local Decision Making Selena Uibo by the Acting Treaty Commissioner Tony McAvoy SC earlier this month, includes recommendations for the development of a Treaty Making Framework in the Northern Territory.
It follows a comprehensive consultation process with Aboriginal Territorians and stakeholders, including Land Councils and Aboriginal representative bodies.
Sparked by the 2018 Barunga Agreement that committed to the development of a framework for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal Territorians, the report is the culmination of decades of community advocacy, and three years of consultation and reporting by the Treaty Commission.
It will now be considered by the Government, which will provide an interim response when the report is tabled to Parliament during the July Sittings. A formal response will be delivered by the end of the year.
Mr McAvoy’s tenure as Acting Treaty Commissioner has now expired, however he will continue to work with the NT Government on Treaty matters.