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In February 2018, the South Australian Government signed an agreement with the Narungga Nation, as a significant milestone towards Treaty.
Negotiations also occurred in 2017-2018 with the Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri Nations.
In February 2017, Dr Roger Thomas was appointed as Treaty Commissioner to lead Treaty discussions across the state. Treaty negotiations were seen as a significant step forward in South Australia’s Reconciliation journey, and critical to strengthening the relationship between the government and Aboriginal South Australians.
In the first half of 2017, Treaty Commissioner Dr Roger Thomas and his team travelled more than 11,000 kilometres across the state, conducting extensive engagement with the South Australian Aboriginal community.
The official signing of the Buthera Agreement laid the foundations for Treaty and included capacity-building support for the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation to drive development, economic enterprise and collaborative engagement with government agencies on Guuranda (Yorke Peninsula).
Following the election of a new government in March 2018 and change in government policy it was announced that further Treaty negotiations will not be pursued.
Given the State Government’s new policy direction in Aboriginal affairs, Dr Thomas ceased the role of Treaty Commissioner in July 2018.