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 Treaty Commission is independent of the NT Government and will conduct themselves in an open, transparent manner. They have a responsibility to represent the voices of all Aboriginal Territorians on this important matter and bring non-Aboriginal Territorians along with this process.
The key objective of any Treaty in the Northern Territory must be to achieve real change and substantive, long term, benefits for Aboriginal people.