“Good morning guys quick update. Me and the team are still on the road walking to Kalgoorlie town. It being amazing so far and that the land out here is so beautiful. Also the air out here is nice and fresh. We all doing great and if you wanted know where we are just look on the side of the road from southern cross to Kalgoorlie you see us walking heading to Kalgoorlie”
“We settled up camp in side a old house. Complete run down to the amazing but it keep us all warm from the cold lastnight. The house was build back in 1940 and no no ghost didn’t come to the house to scarier us of haha lol But the house is amazing and old. Now we on the road again towards all.”
“Far a way in those descent land, I walk this land proud and free, far a way from home, searching high and low. Far a way from homeeeee.
Song by Archie roach the movie tracker.”
“Hey guys quick update and also we on t.v tonight on SBS world new at 6:30pm today on channel 3 or channel 30 please watch it.”
“Good morning quick update. We on our way to Kalgoorlie now. It will take us 4 day but you mob in Kalgoorlie we on our way now 🙂 to see you 🙂. Also the other day the Australia government is on the move to push for this recognised think and try get it done quicker. While we on the other hand are on the move for our treaty. So it a race for a treaty or recognised.”
“We are now leaving southern cross and on our way to Kalgoorlie. We well be off Facebook for about 4 days until I reach Kalgoorlie. Until than I seen you in 4 days guys :)”
“Now I’m entering the desert people area. The view up here is beautiful and amazing looking at the desert country. Also I realize that there town next to the road going to Kalgoorlie. So that mean I well still have signal for my phone.”
“Goodmoring all just letting you all know that my left leg has heal up and I ready to go to start the walk on to Kalgoorlie. I well be leaving Southern Cross tomorrow morning around 8:00am to start the walk to Coolgardie town, then Kalgoorlie. It well take me about four days to get to Kalgoorlie. Also that mean I well be out of signal for 4 day until I get close to Coolgardie town than Kalgoorlie.
On top of that then I well start the walk from Kalgoorlie on to Leonora town and that well take other 3 to 4 days of walking. Before I go on to Laverton town where the biggest test of my life start there. Laverton town well be the last town I well see. Then I well be walking on thought the central desert road for about 14 day’s out in the desert before reaching Warburton town. That mean I well be out of signal for about 14 day out in the desert. The elders out there well walk with us to make sure I reach Warburton safety more or less lorn mob I need to walk though the desert area because I need to get they message stick and the story from the elder from the community out in goldfields mob.
After I leave Warburton then I well start the walk on to Kaltukatjara community in the N.T next to the board of western Australia and north territory before walking on to Uluru Mutitjulu the heart land people. The biggest test of my walk well be the desert area and no one has Never walk that road seen the old time. If I walk that road it well show this country and the world that I well not stop until I reach Canberra to see the prime minster to get justice for my people.”
“Also just want to thank Jum, Garry’s brother for lending me his Kangaroo skin. So I can wear it when I reach Parliament house in Canberra”
“We just changing trailer because of the other one is to small. So we changing to a big one. Thank to Jum Gum an Garry making this work. We at Garry brother place working on the new trailer.”
“Please have a read. Why I’m pushing for a treaty for my people and walking for justice for my people.”
Did you know that Australia is the only Commonwealth nation that doesn’t have a treaty with its Indigenous people? This is a major concern for many Indigenous people. But why?
What is meant by a ‘treaty’ in Australia?
Calls for a treaty in Australia refer to a formal agreement between the government and Indigenous people that would have legal outcomes. A treaty in Australia could recognise Indigenous people’s history and prior occupation of this land, as well as the injustices many have endured. It could also offer a platform for addressing those injustices and help to establish a path forward based upon mutual goals, rather than ones imposed upon Indigenous people.
Treaties are accepted around the world as a way of reaching a settlement between Indigenous people and those who have colonised their lands. New Zealand, for example, has the Treaty of Waitangi, an agreement signed in 1840 between the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs, while Canada and the United States have hundreds of treaties dating back as far as the 1600s.
Australia has never entered into negotiations with Indigenous people about the taking of their lands or their place in the new nation. And yet, the idea of a treaty in Australia goes back many years. In 1832 the Governor of Van Diemen’s Land remarked that it was “a fatal error…that a treaty was not entered into” with the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. In recent times, Prime Minister Bob Hawke promised to deliver a treaty by 1990. However, the controversial term raised alarm and was changed to a ‘document of reconciliation’, Makarrata* or compact. These discussions were eventually replaced by the push for Constitutional recognition.
* Makarrata is a word in the Yolngu language meaning ‘the resumption of normal relations after a period of hostilities’. Some people preferred the word Makaratta because they felt the word treaty was too divisive and more often describes agreements between countries rather than within countries between different parts of the population.
Why’s treaty important?
A treaty could provide, among other things:
– a symbolic recognition of Indigenous sovereignty and prior occupation of this land
– a redefinition and restructuring of the relationship between Indigenous people and wider Australia
– better protection of Indigenous rights
– a basis for regional self-government
– guidelines for local or regional treaties
– structures and systems for local and regional decision-making processes.
What is sovereignty and what does it have to do with treaty?
Many Indigenous people base their calls for treaty on claims to Indigenous sovereignty. The word sovereignty is usually used to describe the independence of nation states. It refers to a nation’s ultimate authority to govern its own affairs without interference from other countries.
Many Indigenous people in Australia claim sovereignty on the grounds that Indigenous people have never surrendered to the government. Therefore, they claim that their sovereignty, their authority to govern their own lives, has never been extinguished.
Sovereignty is a means for Indigenous people to seek greater control over their lives and limited government interference in Indigenous affairs. Indigenous sovereignty in Australia includes concepts such as self-government, autonomy and the recognition of cultural distinctiveness, though not the creation of a new country.
Supporters of a treaty generally agree that a treaty must acknowledge Indigenous sovereignty. However, previous governments have claimed that recognising Indigenous sovereignty in Australia would fracture the nation. For example, Prime Minister John Howard said that “[a] nation … does not make a treaty with itself”. Today the issue of sovereignty continues to underlie calls for, and opposition to, treaty.
How is treaty different from Constitutional recognition?
Calls for a treaty and proposals to recognise Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution are two related but separate issues. Treaties and constitutions serve two different purposes; a treaty is a contract between two sovereign parties, while a Constitution is a set of governing laws (7). These initiatives are not mutually exclusive, and can even complement each other.
There are concerns among some groups that Constitutional recognition would effectively negate Indigenous sovereignty, making future attempts at a treaty impossible. However, legal experts state that none of the current proposals to change the Constitution do anything to undermine claims to Indigenous sovereignty.
“When for a ride today out to the Rabbit Proof Fence again to have a read and set out there just for a bit. On my own and have a think about how this three strong women run away from moore river mission. I didn’t had time to read everything about it because of the walk and I need to get to the next camping spot. But today was a good day to go back out there to have a read and i have a think. Also think about the walk for justice I’m doing.”
“I know I well never be a lone. I know my people and this country are watching me want I’m doing. Mainly those who has pass on and the old people watching me.I only want my people to have they treaty so think can get better for them. But must of all I want to see my country that have the live of all different culture people living here to come together as one people to build a better world for all who live on earth.”
“Me at Heirisson Island Matargarup protecting for the forced closure of remote community and for the homeless in western Australia. Talk about having a big smile on my face.”
“Hey guys just letting you know i’m 10km out from Southern Cross well be there this afternoon to see elder and the local. We be camping in Southern Cross for two days. Then we well go on to Kalgoorlie town. I have decided to rest for two day because i’m going to see the doctor in Southern Cross to check my leg before I start the walk on to Kalgoorlie on Friday morning I need to rest my left leg and let it heal up.
Also I turn off my phone of because EVER time I log on to face book it turns it self off all the time. It mute be because of the cold last night got in on my phone that why it keep turning it self off. I well be getting a new phone when I get to Southern cross. I well still have the same simcard number so people can still call the same number on my phone. Other than that the walk is going great :)”
“Hey guys quick update. I’m in Southern Cross and now going to rest for two days the doctor said so. I well leave Southern Cross on Friday morning to go on to Kalgoorlie town. I have seen the doctor at Southern Cross and he said my left leg is o.k and my body is 100% healthy. Only need to rest it and let my left leg heal up. I also got a need phone and still have the same simcard number. I only changing phone because my old one going on stick and protecting because it won’t let me go on Facebook by turn it self of haha lol I well be back on Facebook to night to go over message and return phone call.”
“Goodmorning all from the team and I. It going to be a other beautiful day of walking. We about two days out from southern cross town. Everyone is welcome to join us if you see us walking and you a welcome to walk with us. Also I hope you guys have a good day today for a Monday.”
“When I get to Southern Cross town. I well be going to the doctor to get some tablets for my sore leg. What has happen is that when I walk we realise the road is build like a camber and I been putting more weight on my left leg than my right leg and it has build up flawed. So I’m o.k I well walk until I get to Southern Cross than get some table for my left leg to get ride of the flaw. Than I well walk on to Kalgoorlie town.”
“Hey guys I have no reception out here. I’m still walking. But i’m not far from Moorine Rock town. If I’m of Facebook because of the reception from my phone. I hope when I get close to Moorine Rock Town. I well have reception and be back on Facebook.”
“Pain well not stop me walking to Canberra for my people justice. The only think we’ll stop me if I choose to give up and let them win. The government know I’m coming and they fear me because I stand for the truth and only the truth well make them fall.”
“I have made to the fence that ever one see a movie of three strong and courage girls. Who escape from a mission call Moore River. It based on a true story call the Rabbit Proof Fence. I like to pay my respects to this amazing women and that is Molly, Daisy and they course Gracie who sadly didn’t make it back to Jigalong country. The Moore river was a place where they talking alote of Aboriginal kids from they parents more less our elders and taking them to the Moore river back in the old days. Moore river is only one missionary place. There where a lot other place our elders when to. When they was taking from they country and from they parnest. If you like to know more. Please look it up on the computer and do some histroy. Also it well educated you more about the country history pass. For know I’m going to the Rabbit Proof Fence and feel the story behind this three story and courage girls who run away from Moore river.”
“Hey guys just letting you know I’m now setting up camp. The team and I decided to set camp up early for the afternoon. It been a very good day of walking today and it was good to see Rabbit Proof Fence that was base on a true story of three strong and courage Girls. I well make it to southern cross town within two day. I well be on Facebook until 8:00pm. Then I’m off to bed. Until then i well go through message and friends request from people.”
“With elder Douglas Hayden and Uncle Mick Hayden at the old reserve where all the Aboriginal people around in Merredin use to camp back in the old day. I just here listen with the elder
Douglas Hayden and I have talking a message stick from elder Douglas Hayden and want he what said to the prime minister. Also he told me a story about the old reserve. The reserved is a old memory Memorial for all the old people who live here. I feel sad listen to this story. But it must be done for our people and keep a live for the future generations.”
“Uncle Mick Hayden passing me a message stick to take with me to Canberra from the people of Merredin. Also asking the ancient of Merredin to look after us when we walk across the country. The message stick is made by Marcus Hayden-Kickett thank you brother. This message stick well be keep safely for you guy from Merredin and travel with me to Canberra. To speak on your behalf. They also did a welcome to they country to. So thank you to the people of Merredin. It time to start the journey on to the Southern Cross.”
Lots of you have been asking where Clinton is at the moment, where he plans to walk to next and what the route he’s taking is. I’ve put together these timesheets for the next week and am working on adding an updated full route post for you ASAP.
As most of you know, the dates on the original Timesheet Post have been pushed back one week.
Please note that dates and places are at our best guestimation and may not be accurate and are subject to change. Clinton may decide to stop early at a different town or spend a day resting up somewhere. We will endeavour to keep you updated via the Facebook Group and I will try and do a new weekly schedule each week for you to track his progress.
Thanks for all your messages of support, we all really enjoy reading them! Keep em coming!
The Route So Far
As you can see, we’ve been extremely generous for the next week or so and it is most likely that this will take longer than we think. Please stay tuned for updates!