The Commonwealth Government’s Empowered Communities initiative aims to shift the power balance between government and Indigenous Australians, and give First Nations people proper agency over the decisions which impact their lives.
It is made up of community leaders representing ten regions across the nation, one of which is the Miwatj region in northeast Arnhem Land.
The vision for Empowered Communities is expressed in the following statement:
“We want for our children the same opportunities and choices other Australians expect for their children. We want them to succeed in mainstream Australia, achieving educational success, prospering in the economy and living long, safe and healthy lives. We want them to retain their distinct cultures, languages and identities as peoples and to be recognised as Indigenous Australians.”