November 13, 2019
A community consultation meeting about Queensland’s “Path To Treaty” will be held in Cherbourg on November 26.
The session will be held from 10:00am to 1:30pm in the Boys Dormitory at The Ration Shed historic precinct.
The Path to Treaty is a commitment from the State Government to begin the journey towards negotiated treaties with Indigenous Queenslanders.
The Cherbourg meeting, organised by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP), is one of several community consultation sessions being held throughout the State.
According to DATSIP, the Path to Treaty process is about encouraging a broader conversation and listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders and the wider Queensland community to develop a process for statewide agreement making.
People can have their say at the community consultation sessions or answer an online survey
Speaking earlier this year, Deputy Premier and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad said Queensland was ready to have a conversation about Treaty.
“As a State we have led the nation with reform that acknowledges past injustices and recognises and celebrates the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Ms Trad said.
“Whether it’s the historic 1993 Mabo case, which brought about Native Title laws in Australia, the Queensland Parliament apology to the Stolen Generations in 1999, or the 2010 amendment to the preamble of the Queensland Constitution to honour Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians, Queensland has always been front and centre of the conversation about recognising and advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
“We hope that this process goes some way to right the wrongs of the past and sets the foundation for a new and just relationship towards our shared future.”