Indigenous truths reverberated loudly across the country during the four-day event, and Arrente man William Tilmouth's heartfelt plea was a stand-out.
Taking the stage, one of Alice Springs' most respected leaders was taken aback by the magnitude of his surroundings.
“I just need to take a breath,” he said. "I didn’t know the calibre of people I was talking with.”
Through a moving speech, he spoke openly about being stolen as a child – a nod to the festival’s theme of truth-telling.
“I’m a product of assimilation. I’m a product of being denied my identity, my family, my country, my culture and my language,” he said.
“I’ve been created by others who decided they knew for me what is best.”
As chair of Children’s Ground, a not-for-profit providing education and programs to Indigenous youth, William works to ensure children have a promising future.
He’s spent his life trying to rebuild and recapture all that was stolen and denied to him and his family.
“The tragedy of all that is that not one Aboriginal person in Australia escaped the policies of assimilation, and assimilation was and still is in the mindsets of decision-makers today.”
He says providing First Nations peoples the space to ‘do it our way’ will allow them rebuild their nations.
“This is about basic dignity and respect,” he said.
“Constitutional change alone cannot achieve that. This is also about how the government chooses to treat the sovereign peoples of these lands.
"For those of you in power and government and many corporations - you have all benefited from the theft of these lands. I’m inviting you to partner on our terms.”
Uphold and Recognise chair Sean Gordon said he was moved by William's words.
"For me that was the most powerful address at Garma," he told NITV News.
"To hear the story of him being removed from his family, from his brother, from his country, his language, from his identity as an Indigenous man brought tears to my eyes. It hit close to home. People need to hear these stories."
Mr Gordon he could relate because he too was taken away as a child.
"I know what it's like to be disconnected from family, disconnected from country, from language, all of those things that connect us as Indigenous people," he said.
He says truth-telling will only bring the country together.
"The great things about truth-telling and this process of recognising Indigenous people is that this 230-year-old Australia will all of a sudden have 65,000 years attached to it that makes us the oldest continuing culture in the world that non-Aboriginal people can come and celebrate with us.”
John Christophersen, a Traditional Owner from the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory, said Australia has nothing to fear from truth-telling.
“The day after a successful referendum, Australia will wake up, and the world will go on," he said.
Independent Member for Nhulunbuy Yingyia Mark Guyula says for too long governments have failed to tell the truth about 'invasion, sovereignty and massacres'.
"Right now, this federal government does not recognise our sovereignty at all. It does not see what we have to say as important let alone recognise Aboriginal people as sovereign nations," he said.
"It is time for all of us to recognise the law of this land and abide by it."
The Northern Territory government is currently entering into Treaty discussions, with Chief Minister Michael Gunner confirming his government will 'deliver a Treaty for the Northern Territory'.
As a senior elected Yolngu elder, Mr Guyula hopes the government brings transparency into the consultation process.
"But so far they are yet to include the people. Governments must negotiate with Nations and allow for traditional decision-making processes and this will require resources," he said.
"Ultimately, we want the big one – a Treaty with the federal government that is long overdue. But Treaties of different types at all levels of government that recognise Sovereignty will bring vast improvement."
Mutitjulu Elder Vincent Forrester said the calls for a Treaty would not hurt anyone.
“It will enhance Australia as a nation."
As Garma ended for another year, Indigenous leaders hoped their calls for hope and honesty would remain on the table permanently.