The country wide gathering of nations at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is now only 2 weeks away.
Last month the government was put on notice when the Walk for Justice met with politicians at Parliament house and the Aboriginal tent embassy. It was during this time that the government was informed of the gathering of nations event that will be held on November 4. Politicians were also urged to help fund travel expenses as a show of good faith to prove they (the government) are truly committed to and interested to explore the possibilities that a treaty process could bring. At this stage the treaty talks are only about the possibility of tribal nations forming treaties with each other (not a treaty with the government).
The silence over this by the government has been deafening. We have once again been cast aside to our familiar fringe dweller status.
This lack of commitment from the government will not stop the meeting from taking place. Indigenous leaders from across the country will still be converging on Canberra for the November 4 meeting. Without government support, we will have to fund travel expenses out of our own pockets or call on communities for funding.
These expenses will no doubt limit the numbers who are able to attend. This is exactly what the government wants. They don’t want our tribal nations uniting to form one collective voice. Thankfully technology will help those who are unable to attend. There will be the option of submitting questions before the meeting and it may even be possible to broadcast the talks publicly or privately (That will be up for Elders to decide).
One group that is calling out for donations is the Clinton’s Walk for Justice Campaign. So far they have raised $1,000 out of the $7,750 needed to get Clinton and a delegation of Elders from W.A to Canberra. You can help by donating via the link below.