Alyawarr Ingkerr-wenh


The 2007 Northern Territory Emergency Response has been a failure as the only real change has been that of despair with the new regime.

We assert our right to self-determination through the following declaration:

We now seek to enter into an agreement with the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments, which is informed by and consistent with relevant human rights standards, including the International Covenant in Civil and Political Rights, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ILO Convention No. 169, concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries.

As a people with its own laws and customs, the Alyawarr people have established arrangements with ther Aboriginal peoples; for more information, click here. A treaty is preferred to Constitutional reform, as the following paper outlines:

Of particular interest to us is the Nordic Sami Convention that is currently being negotiated and the Nisga'a Agreement that was negotiated in British Columbia, Canada in 1998.

The developing Sami Convention is more rights-based. For further information, click on the following link:

The Nisga'a Agreement focusses on more tangible aspects, such as land and economic development. Among other things, the Canadian and British Columbian governments have handed back land and natural assets to the Nisga'a people.

Customary law is an important part of our culture and social structure, however it is barely recognised under Australian law. The failure of the Australian and Northern Territory governments to negotiate around the recognition of customary law reflects their approaches to Aboriginal people generally, however our traditional laws and instutions still have relevance and value to our current way of life.