Voice – Treaty - Truth
Reconciliation NSW supports a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and is working with community leaders, organisations and individuals to make it a reality.
“A First Nations Voice, protected by the Constitution, will mean that agreement-making and truth-telling can finally be done on equal terms. With Voice, we can begin the journey of coming together after a struggle.” – Makarrata.
You can use our toolkit below to organise an event in your workplace, school or community –Download our toolkit below.
Uluru Statement from the Heart Toolkit
- The Uluru Statement from the Heart
- Engaging with the Statement: FAQS and Discussion Prompts
- Factsheets: Voice, Treaty, Truth, How to be a Good Ally.
- Host an Event: Why, What, Who, Where When and How.
- Event Checklist Summary
- Welcome to Country guide
- Ideas for speakers, panellists and videos
- Call to Action – What can I do?
- Conversation Guide
- Reading List and useful resources/links
- Templates: MP letters, posters, invitation, sign-up sheet, event checklist template & Media Release
- Social media kit
- Uluru Statement from the Heart artwork meaning
Read the Uluru Statement From the Heart in many languages and distribute to multicultural communities
For over 60,000 years the Australian continent has been a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-faith land – and continues so today.
In 2017 the ‘Uluru Statement From The Heart’ was generously gifted to the Australian people. It is important that all Australians
have access to such a document written in their own language and offering all Australians a positive pathway for the future.
The Reconciliation Network: Northern Sydney Region (RNNSR) and North Sydney Council with the UNSW Indigenous Law Centre and the Uluru Dialogues Leadership Group have prepared 10 translations of the Uluru Statement From The Heart plus the Guiding Principles – which are supported by international standards pertaining to Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and International Human Rights Law. These 10 Translations, which have been funded and shared by North Sydney Council, are of the main languages spoken across the Northern Sydney Region – and are in Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.
For more translations go to www.sbs.com.au/language/ulurustatement with over 60 written and audio Translations, prepared by The UNSW Indigenous Law Centre and SBS Translation Service.
The ANU and the Uluru Dialogues Leadership Group are working on a further 12 versions in Indigenous languages.
Take action and grow the movement in support of the Uluru Statement and Voice Treaty Truth:
- Use the toolkit to participate in From the Heart’s campaign activities and help spread the word about a Voice to Parliament.
- There is also a digital canvas for people to easily sign. We know not everyone has the time to make a submission (they won’t need to be long-winded documents – they can be as little a few key points).
- The digital canvas gives people the opportunity to ‘sign their support’ for the Uluru Statement, in a similar way to how the original Uluru Statement was signed. This is our way of showing high numbers of supporters. Ideally, we would like people to do both – sign the digital canvas and make a submission as the digital canvas is not connected to the government’s consultation process. You can then update your Facebook profile image to show you have signed!
The Australian Government’s consultation process on the Voice proposals has resulted in the release of the Final Report to the Australian Government on the Indigenous Voice Co-design Process.
This is the result of thousands of submissions made to the Government in April 2021.
Reconciliation NSW made a submission to the Government during this process, and you can read it here.
What’s happening now
In August 2022, the Federal government announced its commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Before the end of the financial year 2023-24, Australia will go to Referendum to ask the Australian people to enshrine an Indigenous Voice in the constitution.
A Referendum Working and Engagement Group has been appointed, and the national campaign to educate Australians on the Uluru Statement has well and truly commenced.
Actions you can take now
- Write a letter to your MP – content tailored to your electorate
- Get active on social media – Uluru Statement social media kit.
- Follow @reconciliationNSW, @voicetreatytruth. Join Uluru Statement from the Heart & First Nations Voice Supporters (Official)
- Sign up to Uluru Statement and From the Heart and add your voice to those supporting the reforms in the Uluru Statement
- Add your voice to the Spinifex Gum song Dream Baby Dream a collaboration that sings for a voice for First Nations People. https://spinifexgum.com/
- Become a member of Reconciliation NSW here, and stay up to date on the latest news
- Download poster and insert your company logo.
- Inform yourself – downloadable FAQs and Factsheets
- Read and listen to the Uluru Statement from the Heart
Dean Parkin TEDxCanberra – The Uluru Statement From The Heart – an idea whose time has come.
See our full list of videos films and explainers
Discussions about constitutional recognition, treaty, and truth-telling are important on the road to reconciliation.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart
Reconciliation NSW supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the From the Heart campaign for a Voice to Parliament enabled by the constitution. The Uluru Statement from the Heart, based on the direction of the 12 First Nations Regional Dialogues, is the continuation of calls over many decades by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to move past Australia’s colonial legacy by being recognised and heard in their own countries, and with the right and capacity to practice self-determination. It outlines a series of reforms – Voice, Treaty, Truth – where a constitutionally enshrined ‘First Nations Voice’ which would be able to speak into Parliament is supported a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process for both agreement making between governments and First Nations, and historical truth-telling.
It provides a clear and practical path forward for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a generous and heartfelt invitation from First Nations to non-Indigenous Australia “to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”
Four years on
Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the Uluru Statement of the Heart for receiving the 2021 Sydney Peace Prize.
Four years after it was written, the power and significance of the Uluru Statement of the Heart continues to be revered, reflected by it being rewarded the 2021 Sydney peace prize.
Judges described it as a “powerful and historic offering of peace” and commented that “it is now up to us all to make its vision a reality.”
Pat Anderson, Professor Megan Davis and Noel Pearson accepted the award on behalf of the thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who helped contribute to the Statement.
To read the article that reports on this event, visit here
It is now five years on from that historic moment at Uluru. The results of tireless work and consultation with First Nations peoples has resulted in the release of the Final Report to the Australian Government on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process.
The leaders of the Uluru Statement campaign recently launched a new education project under the banner of ‘From the Heart’. The website, www.fromtheheart.com.au, has an option to sign up as a supporter and we ask that you sign up and help us to sign up many more Australians.
“Don’t let time weary you. Don’t let the politicians turn our dream into a nightmare. Keep walking with us all the way until First Nations voices are heard” Larrakia man, Thomas Mayor
For more information about Constitutional reform and Voice Treaty Truth see the following pages
Read the latest news from the SMH ‘Unifying moment’: Campaign aims to amplify Indigenous voice
The Australian 14.7.2020 Majority Support Indigenous Voice to Parliament
A webinar hosted by Reconciliation NSW, the Uluru Dialogue and the Indigenous Law Centre UNSW on the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the progress on a First Nations Voice to Parliament protected by the Constitution. This webinar was hosted for educators and on what they need to know and how they can help with the Uluru Statement from the Heart and First Nations Voice to Parliament.