South Australian Government commences Treaty negotiations with South Australian Aboriginal nations
The South Australian Government became the first Australian government to commence Treaty negotiations with an Aboriginal nation, with discussions kicking off with the Ngarrindjeri Nation in Murray Bridge on 22 September 2017.
The Ngarrindjeri Nation is joined by the Narungga and Adnyamathanha Nations as the first three South Australian Aboriginal nations invited to negotiate Treaty as part of the Government’s commitment to building a better and stronger relationship with Aboriginal people in this state.
Development of a Treaty framework for South Australia
On 14 December 2016, the South Australian Government announced it would commence Treaty discussions with the South Australian Aboriginal community.
This landmark announcement was a significant step in South Australia’s Reconciliation journey, and critical to strengthening the relationship between the government and Aboriginal South Australians.
In early 2017, senior Kokatha and Mirning man Dr Roger Thomas was appointed as South Australia’s first Treaty Commissioner and since that time Dr Thomas and his team have travelled more than 11,000 kilometres across the state and conducted extensive consultation with the South Australian Aboriginal community.
Following this process of consultation, in July 2017 the Treaty Commissioner provided the Government with his report ‘Talking Treaty’ , which set out the next steps in the Treaty-making process.
Based on this advice, in August 2017, South Australian Aboriginal groups were invited to submit an Expressions of Interest to enter a new relationship with the South Australian Government.
Applications were received and considered by the approved Aboriginal Treaty Advisory Committee, who recommended three Aboriginal nations for the Treaty-making process.
Further opportunities for Aboriginal South Australians to enter the Treaty-making process will be announced.