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Looking for a 2017 Word of the Year? One of our nominees: Makarrata, the coming together after a struggle. It was the central theme at the 2017 Garma Festival in Arnhem Land.

What is a Makarrata?
Constitutional reform rejected by Uluru forum, we’ll pursue Makarrata – SBS


On the panel: Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion; Professor of Indigenous Studies Marcia Langton; Founder, Cape York partnership Noel Pearson; Garma Festival director Denise Bowden; Yothu Yindi Foundation board member Djapirri Munungirritj; and CEO Nyamba Buru Yawuru Peter Yu.

From the Uluru Statement:
“We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution. Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination. We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.”


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