Uluru Statement from the Heart 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 nonIndigenous 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:
- Voice – a constitutionally enshrined representative body to provide expert advice to Parliament about laws and policies that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Treaty – a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations that formally recognises ancient sovereignty, and that land was never ceded.
- Truth – a process to expose the full extent of the past injustices experienced by Aboriginal people and to arrive at a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia about Australia’s history.