Following months of discussion, 250 delegates have, at the base of Uluru, made a historic statement for the future of Indigenous affairs in Australia. In the milestone year of 2017 – 50 years after the 1967 Referendum – the First Nations National Constitutional Convention has culminated in calls for Makarrata, the coming together after a struggle.
The delegates from across the country expressed their support for enshrining the voice of the First Nations in the Constitution, and for the establishment of a treaty between governments and the First Nations. Prominent themes that emerged from the talks are the rejection of simple 'tokenistic' constitutional acknowledgement in favour of meaningful structural reform, as well as a focus on supporting the continued sovereignty of Indigenous peoples and on ‘truth-telling’ about Indigenous history.
Met with a standing ovation from those involved, the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ marks a monumental step for the future direction of Indigenous affairs in Australia to address the structural problems communities face and to empower these communities for an improved future.
Full Statement can be found at: https://www.referendumcouncil.org.au/