Qld on the path to First Nations treaty

Queensland has begun working toward reaching a treaty with the state's First Nations people.
Queensland has begun working toward reaching a treaty with the state's First Nations people.

WHAT IS A TREATY

*A treaty is a formal negotiated agreement between two or more parties

*Australia is the only Commonwealth country that doesn't have a treaty with its First Nations people

*A treaty aims to reshape the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and encourage a shared pride for Indigenous culture and heritage

*It would also encourage more inclusive engagement between state governments and First Nations people

*Helping Indigenous people maintain and practice their culture, customs and traditions would be a priority

TREATY IN QUEENSLAND

*In July, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced her government would start forging a path toward a treaty

*Queensland is following behind Victoria and South Australia, which are in the midst of their own treaty processes

*Aboriginal author and academic Dr Jackie Huggins, and former Keating government attorney general Michael Lavarch, are at the helm of community consultations

WHAT ARE THE KEY THEMES?

* Developing a treaty will take some time, and there may be a need for multiple treaties to suit different community needs

* Self-determination and local governance for First Nations people will be a high priority

* Leaders want the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as the impact of colonisation, included in school curriculums

* A treaty will aim to stamp out racism and discrimination levelled at First Nations people, which Dr Huggins says is still a daily occurrence

WHAT COMES NEXT?

*The panel co-chaired by Dr Huggins and Mr Lavarch will make recommendations to the state government by the end of the year

Australian Associated Press