If you’ve been wondering why we need a First Nations Voice and how it would work, you are not alone.
The Society has developed responses to these, and many other, frequently asked questions about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a First Nations Voice to Parliament. The FAQs are the fourth in a series of resources to support our networks learn more about the Uluru Statement and its calls for Voice, Treaty, Truth.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart explainer is a short resource for The Society’s networks to learn about the Uluru Statement and its calls for Voice, Treaty, Truth. It explains why these are important and why the Society supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart (the Statement) is an invitation from First Nations peoples to non-Indigenous Australians to walk together for a better future. It was developed in 2017 after a long and extensive deliberation process by First Nations delegates across Australia.
The Statement calls for real and practical change through the establishment of a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament and a Makarrata Commission to undertake processes of treaty-making and truth-telling.
Makarrata is a multi-layered Yolgnu word understood as the coming together after a struggle to heal the divisions of the past.
The Statement’s agenda is represented by the three elements of Voice, Truth and Treaty:
The Society of St Vincent de Paul NSW accepts the Uluru Statement from the Heart’s invitation and is proud to support its calls for National Voice to Parliament.
Why The Society supports the Uluru Statement, is the third in a series of resources to support our networks learn more about the Uluru Statement and its calls for Voice, Treaty, Truth. It is part of our commitment to reconciliation and upholding the rights of First Nations people. Read our fact sheet here or learn more at ulurustatement.org/the-statement/
Refer to our guide on resources that are reputable sources of information about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the First Nations Voice to Parliament.
The Uluru Statement invites us to walk with First Nations peoples in ‘a movement of the Australian people for a better future’. We accept the Statement’s invitation and are proud to support its calls for the long overdue reforms.
To support our members inform themselves about the Uluru Statement and the Voice to Parliament in the lead up to the referendum, the Policy and Advocacy Team have developed this Conference Reflection and Action Kit to help members members discern the importance of this national debate.
The Society’s support for the Uluru Statement is part of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation. It reflects The Society’s mission to shape a more just and compassionate society.
This publication is reflecting on our commitment and support for the Uluru Statement and embedding it within the Society’s mission, vision and values.
The From the Heart Schools Kit is an educational resource has been put together for secondary students who are affiliated with the Vinnies through their High School Conference work or Social Justice groups to increase their awareness of this historic campaign and putting their awareness into action.