Alyawarr leader and spokesman for Apmer Aharreng-arenykenh Aknganenty Aboriginal Corporation, Richard Downs has written to Prime Minister Tunbull, calling for a treaty to be negotiated between the Australian Government and the Alyawarr people, following a process similar to the modern treaty negotiation process in British Columbia Canada.
The six-stage treaty negotiation process that has been established in British Columbia involves:
- Statement of Intent to Negotiate
- Readiness To Negotiate
- Negotiation Of a Framework Agreement
- Negotiation Of An Agreement In Principle
- Negotiation to Finalize a Treaty
- Implementation of the Treaty
As part of stage 1, Apmer Aharreng-arenykenh Aknganenty Aboriginal Corporation is seeking Government support for the development of a statement of intent, which will:
- identify the Alyawarr governing body for treaty purposes;
- identify the people that body represents and show that the governing body has a mandate from those people to enter the process;
- describe the geographic area of the Alyawarr distinct traditional territory; and
- identify any overlaps with other Aboriginal peoples.
Expression of support for Aboriginal treaties has increased in recent times in response to the Recognise campaign, including calls for a treaty by the Yolngu in East Arnhem, a willingness by the Victorian Government to enter into treaty talks with Victorian Aboriginal peoples and the Greens’ open letter to the Prime Minister calling for consideration of a treaty process alongside the push for Indigenous recognition in the constitution.
"The mal-administration of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy should ring alarm bells with the Prime Minister and prompt him to enter into a treaty dialogue with us and others” Downs said.
30 March 2016
For more information, telephone Richard Downs on 0457 636 513 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.