A challenging statement from the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) Forum of June 2009.
‘As Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christians, we strongly believe that the Creator gave us our identity as well as this land and the wisdom to care for it. We recognise that there are many issues to resolve as a Nation, one of which is the Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER – the Intervention). We believe that, in its current form, the Intervention does not and will not work for Aboriginal peoples.’
‘We believe that Aboriginal Peoples have not been listened to and our stories have not been heard. The Intervention was implemented without consultation with Aboriginal Peoples and Government continues to fail to listen with respect and in a manner which is culturally appropriate.’
See the full report.