Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad has today (Friday, 13 September 2019) released the Path to Treaty in Queensland consultation paper, inviting all Queenslanders to join the conversation on Path to Treaty.
The launch also marks the 12th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that establishes a universal framework for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world.
Ms Trad said the anniversary provided the perfect opportunity to begin a conversation with Queenslanders aimed at reframing the relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
“Today is another step towards righting the wrongs of the past and setting the foundation for a new and just relationship – that acknowledges our States’ ancient history, our shared history, and lights the path for our shared future,” Ms Trad said,
“Path to Treaty represents an opportunity to come together as Queenslanders on a journey towards a future that is more just, more equal and more respectful for First Nations Queenslanders.
“This consultation paper will guide genuine, respectful, and meaningful conversations between all Queenslanders about how we as Queenslanders co-exist into the future.
“The Path to Treaty will benefit all Queenslanders, help promote reconciliation and foster a shared pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture and heritage.
“I encourage all Queenslanders to take part in the process to reframe the relationship to genuinely acknowledge, embrace and celebrate the humanity of Indigenous Queenslanders.”
Ms Trad said the Queensland Government would listen to the Queensland voices in the process while also reflecting on past efforts and learnings from other states and territories developing similar bodies of work.
“We will look to other jurisdictions to learn from their work, but our Path to Treaty will uniquely reflect the lived experiences, views and aspirations of Queenslanders.
“Queensland is ready for this conversation and now is our time to walk together on this journey grounded in voice, treaty and truth, towards a shared future.”
In addition to the submission process, 25 community engagement events will be run by the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships in every corner of the state.
“A report from community feedback will then be provided to government to inform the next steps of the process,” Ms Trad
“We come to this conversation with no prejudices or preconceived outcomes – and we will take the time needed to get it right.”
Public submissions and comments on the consultation paper close 6 December 2019.
Share your feedback on the consultation paper, learn more about Path to Treaty and find more information on the community consultation events at www.datsip.qld.gov.au/treaty
The statewide Path to Treaty in Queensland consultation paper is part of a larger package of reforms, including the Local Thriving Communities agenda under the Tracks to Treaty initiative.