Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Treaty: A Selection of Material from the AIATSIS Library

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Treaty: A Selection of Material from the AIATSIS Library

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The AIATSIS Library has commenced a two-year Library Digitisation Program, which is funded by ATSIC. The primary aim of the program is creating, managing and delivering electronic information resources and services to clients via the AIATSIS website and the Library's catalogue (Mura), with a focus on increasing client access and improving client satisfaction. One of the selections from the Library collection that is scheduled for digitisation is Treaty material. The Treaty website was officially launched by Dr Mick Dodson on 3 July 2002.

Since 1979 there have been repeated calls for a Treaty with Indigenous Australians. The AIATSIS Library holds many publications and papers documenting this debate. Material has been selected from our collections to display on the website--http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/treaty--to give an overview of the debate. There are also links to other websites containing contemporary information on Treaty.

Material displayed on the Treaty website includes papers from the Aboriginal Treaty Committee, the National Aboriginal Conference, Treaty 88, the AIATSIS Seminar Series, and the 1983 Senate Standing Committee report.

The Aboriginal Treaty Committee, chaired by Nugget Coombs, was set up in 1979 and ran until 1983. Its aim was to promote the idea of a Treaty among non-Indigenous Australians. Stuart Harris and Judith Wright both wrote books on behalf of the Aboriginal Treaty Committee, and Mildred Kirk wrote a series of pamphlets on land rights for the committee. These are also accessible through the website.

The National Aboriginal Conference (NAC) was established by the federal government in 1977 to provide a forum for the expression of Aboriginal views. …

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