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We want to have a conversation with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Canberra about working towards equitable outcomes. We also want to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are supported to live the lives they choose and reach their full potential.

To renew the Agreement and set the priorities and targets we want to reach by 2029, we asked for your feedback through an online survey.

We are looking at:

The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs in partnership with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body are having conversations with the community to help shape the next Agreement.

The Agreement recognises that the local knowledge, expertise and contributions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, service providers, the Elected Body and the ACT Government is required to meet the diverse needs of the community in a holistic and culturally appropriate way.

In developing the Agreement, we will also take into account what the community have already provided through many conversations over the past few years.

We want the Agreement to reflect priority areas that align with what the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community sees as important.

We want to understand what these priority areas mean to you and your family:

  • Children and Young People
  • Eliminating systemic discrimination and racism
  • Community leadership
  • Cultural Integrity
  • Connecting the Community
  • Employment and Economic Independence
  • Justice
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Health and Wellbeing

Importantly, beyond this conversation, there are ongoing opportunities to continue to discuss these priority areas with the Elected Body.

Your views are being used to:

Your input is helping to shape the next ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement and this guides our journey over the next 10 years.

The Commitment

Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation and Wellbeing of Communities

The signatories to this agreement express their commitment to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. The signatories express a commitment to the development of individual action plans incorporating the following principles:

  1. Supporting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to freely determine their political status and to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development in line with the right to self-determination.
  2. Recognising the ongoing effects of trans-generational trauma, caused by past government policies, on members of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  3. Acknowledging and valuing the role of the traditional custodians, through the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, as the authority of culture and heritage.
  4. Recognising that the local knowledge, expertise and contributions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, service providers, ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body and the ACT Government are required to meet the diverse needs of the community in a holistic and culturally appropriate way.
  5. Having a mutual obligation to address issues of structural disadvantage within the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, service providers and the ACT Government in a collaborative, inclusive and transparent manner.
  6. Forming and strengthening partnerships and work with individuals, groups, community stakeholders, ACT Government and business to build shared understanding and experience with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
  7. Accountability to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body to provide accessible and equitable services that promote the fair distribution of economic resources by aiming to improve the social, environmental, economic and cultural infrastructure of their local community.
  8. Acknowledging the responsibility to provide opportunities of life-long learning that develop the health, wellbeing and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families, through formal and informal pathways in education, employment and self-development.