The First Nations peoples of the Northern Territory never ceded sovereignty of their lands, seas and waters and were self-governing in accordance with their traditional laws and customs.
In recognition of this, the NT Government committed to undertaking discussions on developing a Treaty (or Treaties) with First Nations peoples in the Northern Territory.
The Northern Territory Treaty Commission was established to be independent of the NT Government and over its three year life which commenced in March 2019, the Treaty Commissioner consulted with Aboriginal people across the Northern Territory and conducted research to inform development of a framework for future treaty negotiations.
The Treaty Commissioner delivered an Interim Report in March 2020 and a detailed Discussion Paper in June 2020. The Final Report was delivered in June 2022.
For further information visit treatynt.com.au.