An agreement, the first of its kind, was signed on Friday with the Narungga Nation and the South Australian government, as they work towards laying the foundations for a Treaty, signifying a large step in the reconciliation journey of the state.
The official signing of the Buthera Agreement will allow the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation to drive development, economic enterprise and collaborative engagement with government agencies on Guurranda (Yorke Peninsula).
Additionally, the agreement will incorporate strategies for youth justice, housing, domestic violence, health, child protection, education and cultural studies.
The Chairperson of the Narungga National Aboriginal Corporation, Garry Goldsmith says the Buthera is an important Dreaming story for the Narungga people, which focuses on the formation of landmark on Guuranda (Yorke Peninsula), which signifies a great importance to the Agreement.
“The Agreement means a stronger relationship between the Narungga and government, and in the long term towards a Treaty and a foundation for a better future for our people.”
“The Buthera-Agreement means the Narungga Nation will operate as an organisation to implement and deliver better infrastructure, programs and services, building the capacity of Narungga-owned businesses and creating employment and training opportunities.”
The South Australia Government has taken significant steps to strengthen the relationship between government and Aboriginal South Australians, with Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Kyam Maher saying that a Treaty in South Australia will be an unparalleled platform to improve the way government and Aboriginal people work together.
“It will provide us with an invaluable mechanism to build an economic foundation and drive social change as we work towards self-sufficiency and self-determination for Aboriginal people in South Australia.”
The government has taken significant steps to strengthen the relationship between Aboriginal South Australians and the government.
They have engaged Dr Roger Thomas, as Treaty Commissioner, to undertake Treaty consultations with Aboriginal South Australians, and these recommendations have now formed the next steps in the Treaty process.
They have additionally formally recognised the enduring cultural authority of Aboriginal groups, and the opportunity for Aboriginal people to be involved in decision-making that impacts their lives.
“Aboriginal people must have a greater role in decisions that impact their life”, Minister Maher said.