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Historic Buthera Agreement a significant step towards Treaty

19 February

Historic Buthera Agreement a significant step towards Treaty

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The South Australian Government has signed an agreement with the Narungga Nation, a significant milestone towards Treaty.

The official signing of the Buthera Agreement lays the foundations for Treaty and includes capacity-building support for the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation to drive development, economic enterprise and collaborative engagement with government agencies on Guuranda (Yorke Peninsula).

The Agreement also includes social service strategies covering youth justice, housing, domestic violence, health, child protection and education and cultural studies.

The Buthera Agreement is the first agreement of its kind between any Australian government and an Aboriginal group.

Chairperson of the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation Garry Goldsmith said Buthera is an important figure in the creation of Guuranda for the Narungga people, which indicates the significance of this Agreement.

The South Australian Government has taken significant steps to strengthen the relationship between government and Aboriginal South Australians, including formally recognising the enduring cultural authority of Aboriginal groups, and the opportunity for Aboriginal people to be involved in decision-making that impacts their lives. 

In early 2017, the South Australian Government announced the appointment of Treaty Commissioner, Dr Roger Thomas to undertake Treaty consultations with Aboriginal South Australians. The recommendations from these consultations formed the next steps in the Treaty process.

In September 2017, three Aboriginal groups were invited to enter Treaty negotiations, including the Narungga Nation.

The comprehensive negotiation process that followed has culminated in the Buthera Agreement between the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation and the South Australian Government.