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Sovereignty and self-determination

To summarise, the terms ‘sovereignty’, ‘self-government and ‘self-determination’ are often used interchangeably to describe the political aspiration of Indigenous people to have more control and say in the issues that affect their lives.

If the evidence shows that the greater the Indigenous involvement with policies and programs, the greater their effectiveness, the challenge then becomes: what is the best way to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the best engagement? Having bodies that represent the views of the Indigenous community – at a national, regional and local level – and can provide a mechanism to ensure consultation and engagement would seem an ideal way to achieve it but many Indigenous communities are still experimenting with what these bodies might look like. (See Yorta Yorta National Cooperative Corporation.)