Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island), touches on some issues worth considering for all Australians as Indigenous people continue to manage their way toward self-determination.
This is an excerpt of his Keynote Speech in Dunwich Hall on 4 July, 2014, which was given in congratulation to The Quandamooka People for their ongoing efforts to achieve optimal outcomes, 3 years after signing their successful High Court Native Title Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
He spoke of the exemplary structural processes the Quandamooka People have in place; (Including QYAC's role)
He urged people to 'take time' to get these foundational structure right, as the impacts will be long-lasting;
He spoke on the importance of Australia having adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: humanrights.gov.au/publications/un-declaration-rights-indigenous-peoples-1
He encourages respect, tolerance and patience from all people of this land, and
He gave people many reasons to trust the process of Native Title, which is not to be feared, and which is here to stay.