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Aboriginal Treaty information sessions to be held in NSW

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on February 23rd, 2002.

A series of information sessions will be held around New South Wales over the next three months for Aboriginal people to learn about the concept of a treaty and how a treaty between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians may work.

Starting in the remote far west of the state, the sessions are being run by the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC).

The council's chairman, Rod Towney, says the sessions are a way to inform indigenous communities and work towards a decision on whether or not a treaty should be negotiated.

"They may come back to us and say no we don't want a treaty," he said.

"For example, I was talking to one of our Aboriginal elders the other day and he said, 'well all I want if I can get it, is just a house and a bit > of a backyard for me - that's a treaty for me'

"So the word 'treaty' itself means different things to different people," Mr Towney said.



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