26 September 2023

Treaty-making process a treat at Townsville

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Members of the Treaty Advancement Committee are to visit Townsville on Thursday (17 June) to brief the community about the treaty-making process with First Nations people.

Representing the Committee on the visit will be Co-Chair, Jackie Huggins (pictured) and Committee members, Sallyanne Atkinson and Michael Lavarch.

On the agenda will be an update on the next steps in the process, which includes developing implementation options for the Eminent Panel’s recommendations and providing independent advice to the Government.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Craig Crawford said the Committee’s schedule of community briefings was helping to raise the profile of the historic Path to Treaty process.

“We know Queenslanders right across the State have an interest in Path to Treaty and that it will have an enduring legacy for generations to come,” Mr Crawford said.

“The Treaty Advancement Committee is a group of very highly respected and knowledgeable leaders and it’s great for local communities to see them working together to move this once-in-a-generation work forward.”

Dr Huggins said the opportunity to re-connect with communities in the north of the State would help shine a light on the progress being made toward Path to Treaty.

“Our role is to build on the work that’s been done by the Eminent Panel and the Treaty Working Group and shape the next steps,” she said.

“This is nation-building work.

“It’s about reconciling our past so that all Queenslanders can move forward together.”

Dr Huggins said there had been extensive consultations undertaken with Queenslanders and these voices, ideas and learnings would be carried forward as the Committee worked through how implementation would be shaped.

Further information on the Path to Treaty, or how to register for the community briefing, can be accessed at this PS News link.

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