On Friday 16th June members of the Adelaide Law School community came together to show support for the historic Uluru declaration. The declaration was the culmination of 12 historic regional dialogues led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples. The dialogues and the convention in Uluru were supported by the Referendum Council which was established by the Turnbull government to advice the prime minister and opposition leader on the “next steps towards a successful referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.” The landmark declaration represents the most sophisticated attempt to consult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on proposals for constitutional reform what are the prioritise of their communities.
An extract from the Uluru declaration reads:
We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. 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.
Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination.
We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.
The full declaration can be found here
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