The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a statement of aspirations and calls to action from the First Nations people of Australia.
It was released in May 2017 after a series of Indigenous-led dialogues known as the First Nations National Constitutional Convention, which brought together Indigenous representatives from across the country to discuss constitutional recognition and self-determination.
The statement calls for three key reforms:
A First Nations Voice to be enshrined in the Constitution, giving Indigenous people a say in laws and policies that affect them.
A Makarrata Commission to oversee a process of agreement-making and truth-telling between Indigenous people and the Australian government.
The establishment of a process to work towards Treaty between Indigenous people and the Australian government.
The Uluru Statement is significant because it represents a historic moment in the recognition of Indigenous rights and self-determination in Australia.
It has been widely supported by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians alike, and continues to be a key focus of advocacy and activism.
My name is Brian AJ Newman LLB and I support the Uluru Statement.