We Support Uluru Statement from the Heart
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On Friday 26th May 2017 Delegates of the National Constitutional Convention released the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
This campaign outlines a response to that Statement. It aims to gather support from non-Indigenous Australians and to place pressure on Members of Parliament to endorse the goals set out in the Statement.
A Response to the Uluru Statement from the Heart
To those who gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, we thank you for your persistence and patience. We, the non-indigenous Australians, who have arrived here over the past 229 years, hear your statement from the heart and we respond from our hearts.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clans as the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and adjacent islands. We acknowledge that this was never ceded and that this failure of recognition and subsequent cultural amnesia is an ongoing affliction for our nation.
We recognise the need for constitutional change that goes beyond the symbolic. All Australians need a treaty.
We share the vision that you have outlined, that is, of your sovereignty co-existing with the sovereignty of the Crown. And we offer our support.
To our Parliamentary representatives and to our non-Indigenous fellow Australians we implore you to listen to this call and reflect on this important moment. We urge you to endorse these substantive changes that are part of a process of ending the continuing colonial injustices.
For too long has a one-sided telling of history and of current affairs shrouded truth and justice. For too long have the structures of power caused ill-health, incarceration, the alienation of children from their families, and more to the First Nations people.
We ask those who are in positions of power – those who we as a Nation have voted into Parliament – to endorse the Makarrata Commission, to endorse the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the constitution, and to open a mature discussion to progress the negotiation of a Treaty with Indigenous Australians.
We identify this as one of, if not the most pressing, issue facing our Nation today. We want to be proud to be Australian but cannot until Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are given a just and real opportunity to flourish.
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