A forum will be held in Sydney next week highlighting the need for a treaty and an Assembly of First Nations to drive negotiations.

The national conversation of a settlement between First Nations people and the Commonwealth has been gaining traction though the media with and the social grapevine.

The forum, Men speak out for Treaty will argue the need to settle First Nations disputes with the Commonwealth through a treaty, giving First Nations people the ability to determining their own futures in a way enforceable by the courts.

Speaking at the forum will be the National Tertiary Education Union’s Policy Committee Chair, Terry Mason, Yolngu Nations Assembly Spokesperson Yingiya Mark Guyula, Founding Chairman of the Stronger Smarter Institute Chris Sara, Narungga Elder Tauto Sansbury and Australia’s first Indigenous SILK, Tony McAvoy SC.

Tony McAvoy SC, who is a Wiri man, will also present a draft he has created of a Charter for an Assembly of First Nations which is expected to meet before June.

The aim of the assembly will be to lobby for a national treaty framework and then move on negotiating terms.

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