Minister for Indigenous Australians to Hold Conversations by the Camp Fire at Garma

Release Date: 
1 August 2019
Media release

The first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, MP, will join Indigenous leaders, government representatives, the corporate sector and Indigenous community groups around the camp fire at this year’s Garma festival in North East Arnhem Land.

Hosted by Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM and the Yothu Yindi Foundation near Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory, Garma kicks off tomorrow Friday, 2 August and will run until Monday, 5 August 2019.

“Garma is the premier celebration of Indigenous culture and coming together of ideas and I am very excited to be attending the festival not only as a proud Noongar man but as the Minister for Indigenous Australians,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Garma is a wonderful initiative and I commend Galarrwuy, the Yothu Yindi Foundation and the Yolngu people for conceptualising and hosting the festival for the last 21 years, providing a safe and meaningful forum to discuss a better future for Aboriginal people.”

This year’s theme – Garma’lili manpanmirri dhukarryarrany’dhun gudarr’wu or Pathways to Our Future reflects the need for all Indigenous groups and all levels of Government to work together in partnership to improve the lives for future generations so that Indigenous Australians have the same well-being and life opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians.

Minister Wyatt said he was looking forward to sitting down around the campfire with as many people as possible to have genuine conversations and listen to different points of view.

“It is important to have meaningful conversations so that we can change the way we do business and implement genuine co-design processes on a number of issues including constitutional recognition.”

More than 2,600 people are expected to attend the Garma Festival, taking home learnings about culture, reconciliation, and understanding through the sharing of culture and traditional practice.