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Settling with Indigenous People

Settling with Indigenous People

Modern treaty and agreement-making

Edited by Marcia Langton AO, Odette Mazel, Lisa Palmer, Kathryn Shain and Maureen Tehan


Settling with Indigenous People describes the making of ten contemporary, mostly Australian, local and regional agreements and details the avenues through which such agreements can be implemented and sustained.

The Australian regional agreements concern South West Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin, and Cape York. There is a chapter about the return of the Maralinga lands to its traditional owners and one detailing two local government agreements in central and southwest Australia. Urban agreements in Darwin and Vancouver are compared and there are also chapters on the North West Territories and Northern Quebec in Canada and the Ngai Tahu in the South Island of New Zealand.

The discussion addresses:

  • governance and leadership
  • negotiation strategies, including the role of formal negotiating frameworks
  • the importance of process and outcome
  • the crucial impact of politics and timing
  • the significance of private sector engagement
  • implementation mechanisms

The chapters show how agreement-making has provided a forum in which indigenous groups can negotiate their needs and aspirations, including fundamental issues of recognition, inclusion and economic opportunity.

The authors include indigenous and non-indigenous academics, and others who have been involved in negotiating agreements.


Sharing Land and Resources: Modern Agreements and Treaties with Indigenous People in Settler StatesMaureen Tehan, Lisa Palmer, Marcia Langton AO and Odette MazelShared Citizenship and Self-Government in Canada: A Case Study of James Bay and Nunavik (Northern Quebec)Lisa Palmer and Maureen TehanKeeping the Fires Burning: Grievance and Aspiration in the Ngai Tahu SettlementSir Tipene O'Regan, Lisa Palmer and Marcia Langton AO'Anchored to the Land': Asserting and Recognising Aboriginal Jurisdiction in the Northwest TerritoriesLisa Palmer and Maureen TehanImplementing and Monitoring Indigenous Land Use Agreements in the Minerals Industry: The Western Cape Communities Co-existence AgreementPeter Crooke, Bruce Harvey and Marcia Langton AOPlanning for Agreement in Cape York Peninsula: The Pastoral Properties Planning ProjectDiane Hafner, David Epworth and Matt SalmonAuthority, Knowledge and Values: Indigenous Nations Engagement in the Management of Natural Resources in the Murray-Darling BasinMonica Morgan, Lisa Strelein and Jessica WeirReturning Parna Wiru: Restitution of the Maralinga Lands to Traditional Owners in South AustraliaOdette MazelAgreement-Making in the Local Context: Case Studies from Regional AustraliaKathryn Shain, William Genat and Ed WensingSettling Native Title: Pursuing a Comprehensive Regional Agreement in South West AustraliaStuart BradfieldFrom Remnant Lands to Sustainable Communities: Negotiating Spaces for Indigenous Land and Jurisdiction in Darwin and VancouverLisa Palmer and Maureen Tehan


But for what it sets out to do - to provide insights into the negotiating process and reveal the capacity of Indigenous people to reach workable outcomes - it does well. It is a valuable contribution to Indigenous legal scholarship, which can tend to focus on the formal avenues at the expense of informal strategies for just outcomes.

Public Space: The Journal of Law and Social Justice, June 2008


Revised Map of The Study Region Showing Lamalama Country and Participating PPP Properties

This map replaces the Map on Page 114.


by The Hon Sir Gerard Brennan AC, KBE 

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  • Foreword


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Published 18 December 2006
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862876187
Australian RRP $66.00
International Price $60.00
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Indigenous Studies
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