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Uluru Statement from the Heart

May 26, 2017
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Jawoyn representatives joined Indigenous leaders from across the country in Uluru as part of an historic convention to discuss constitutional recognition, it’s form, and how it can be achieved.

Jawoyn Association board chairperson Lisa Mumbin and former Jawoyn CEO Jack Ah Kit were part of the Northern Territory delegation at the three-day discussions.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart, which was released on the final day, called for more than Indigenous peoples’ recognition in the nation’s founding document.

It also proposed a representative body and a process toward a treaty be established.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders seek to be heard.

“We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country,” the statement said.

“When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.

“We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.”

Australia is the only country in the Commonwealth that doesn’t have a treaty with its Indigenous peoples.

While the recognition council will finish its work on June 30, the movement will continue and Indigenous leaders plan to meet at this year’s Garma festival to continue discussions