Time to talk about the pathway towards treaty in Tasmania is now, and the way to move forward is through education.
That is according to Reconciliation Tasmania, who have organised a lecture for the upcoming United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
Last year’s lecture heard from Patsy Cameron and former University of Tasmania Dean of Law Tim McCormack, but this year will feature Emeritus Professor Mick Dodson AM.
Reconcilation Tasmania spokesman Bill Lawson said the lecture aimed at generating discussion about treaty and how it might be applied in Tasmania. He said it would built on last year’s event
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Professor Dodson is the Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner and will explore the making of a new treaty in Australia and the need for a proper relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the future.
Professor Dodson is a Yawuru man and native titleholder from Broome in Western Australia.
Professor Dodson said he would be talking about the history of treaty in Australia and detail the steps being taken in the NT.
Australia remains one of the few countries without a formal treaty agreement with its Indigenous peoples. Professor Dodson said there were lessons for Australia’s leaders from around the world.
“We can learn from what a lot of other countries are doing, particularly British Columbia in Canada and from what they have done in New Zealand,” he said.
However, he said treaty would look different in every state and Tasmania would have to negotiate what it looked like.
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“Everywhere is different but there are common themes.”
This year’s lecture will be presented in a different format, as it will be hosted via Zoom, due to the coronavirus restrictions.
The lecture is being presented in partnership between Reconciliation Tasmania and the University of Tasmania.
- Treaty-making: dealing with the past and reframing the future will be presented by Emeritus Professor and Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner Mick Dodson on August 9 via Zoom. Register online at www.utas.edu.au/events