In a landmark announcement on the 14th December 2016, Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Kyam Maher MLC has announced that the State Government will enter into treaty discussions with Aboriginal language groups in SA.
In his speech at Parliament House, the Minister drew attention to the importance of recognition of Aboriginal peoples in the South Australian Constitution in 2013. This, he said, helped to lay the platform for where we have got to today.
As part of these discussions the Hon Kyam Maher MLC has launched three successful Aboriginal Regional Authorities with the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association, Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation and Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. These are the first wave of groups to negotiate a different relationship with Government in SA.
“Our next step in South Australia is Treaty. It is a crucial step in reconciliation” – Kyam Maher.
The Minister’s press release states: - “The government has set aside $4.4 million over five years to support the treaty process, the appointment of an Independent Commissioner for Treaty, and governance training and support for Aboriginal nations to participate in the treaty negotiations.”
Read more of the State Government’s Press Release here.