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27th: Where to from here - Shaping the next stage

50th Anniversary Aboriginal Embassy, Canberra

Ghillar, Michael Anderson, the last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy in 1972 articulates his personal position on where we are now. On 27 January. He and some experts in their field of law and society will talk about sovereignty and land rights. “We all have a common enemy," he says. "I recognise and acknowledge all those who have contributed over the years to keep the Aboriginal Embassy out there in front for all to see. They must all be applauded for their commitments." [node:read-more:link]

Government Confusion and First Nations' Frustration

The governments are totally confused about where and how they want us to fit within their autocratically ruled Australian society. The colonial education system is designed with the purpose of training our minds to think like them, that is, assimilation by design and purpose. The policy-making and programming in government circles is the absolute frustration for our people to get anywhere near our grassroots' aspirations and ambitions, because of the prevention of progress which stops us from succeeding and fulfilling these ambitions. [node:read-more:link]

MIND THE TREATY TRAP

Mind the State Treaty Traps

The so-called state 'treaty process' of today threatens the inherent sovereign rights of First Nations. State agreements are not 'treaties' between Nations, they are private agreements.

Proper sovereign treaties have to involve negotiating rights between sovereign powers and negotiations commence on a full agreement that sovereignty was never ceded by First Nations in Australia, who continue to hold proprietary rights to all lands and waters in this country, as was confirmed in the Mabo case. [node:read-more:link]

Attempted dispossession for a second time by 'Aboriginal Troopers'

Media Release

The Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) are attempting to dispossess the Euahlayi Nation's Ghurrie clan of their land on the NSW/QLD border which was purchased for them by the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) back in 1998 as redress for dispossession as an admission of the wrongdoings perpetrated against them.
 
"When we marched the streets for Land Rights in the 1970s, it was impossible to conceive that, if and when we won Land Rights, these things would occur,' Ghillar, Michael Anderson, the last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy said. [node:read-more:link]

Statement of historical facts on the NAC's 1980s Treaty framework

Many of our People are now engaging in and considering Treaties with Australian State and Territory governments. Initial stages for a Treaty with the Commonwealth government and the National Aboriginal Conference was agreed to by the Fraser Liberal Coalition government in 1979, after Kevin Gilbert and others set up the National Aboriginal Government on Capital Hill, Canberra (before the new Parliament House was constructed), and called for a Sovereign Treaty and Bill of Rights. [node:read-more:link]

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