Royal Commission into the Protection and
Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

 Land council hears from Royal Commission

Last week, Commissioners Mick Gooda and Margaret White AO attended the Northern Land Council meeting to discuss the work of the Royal Commission with Aboriginal leaders.

The Commissioners were invited to Timber Creek by the Chairman of Land Council, Francis Jupurrurla Kelly to discuss the work of the Royal Commission and the importance of Aboriginal people being involved to help bring change. Commissioner Gooda also recently attended the Central Land Council meeting in Ross River.

The Commissioners were able to openly discuss some of the key issues that were raised in the recent community meetings and to learn more from the Council about the ideas being raised by communities to address some of these issues.

Land Council members spoke passionately about recognising that change was needed and that Aboriginal people needed to drive that change.

The Commissioners also heard that Aboriginal people felt disempowered within their communities to make decisions and were hopeful the work of the Commission would involve them in the decision making process.

Engagement with both Aboriginal leaders and community members is a critical part of the Commission's work.

Commissioners Mick Gooda and Margaret White AO speaking at the Northern Land  Council meeting last week also pictured Chief Executive Officer Joe Morrison  and Raechel Bates from the council. 

Commissioners Mick Gooda and Margaret White AO speaking at the Northern Land Council meeting last week also pictured Chief Executive Officer Joe Morrison and Raechel Bates from the council.