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INTRODUCTION

This section provides a detailed look at the extensive range of activities undertaken by NLC branches during the reporting period.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the NLC’s priority was to protect the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, especially remote residents. This affected some of our usual operational activities. All permits to enter Aboriginal land except for non-essential travel were suspended. The NLC, along with the other NT Land Councils, and the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory has worked closely with the Commonwealth and NT governments in developing proper responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

NLC staff have worked tirelessly in response to COVID-19, in particular on issuing and reviewing permit applications, communicating in language to help keep communities informed, and helping return aboriginal people back their country and homelands.