To whom it may concern
Submission for Co-design process
Hi there, (redacted) I am a Gungarri woman. I have grown up and currently live on Wadawurrung country. I am studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at Deakin University and I am in my second year of many to come! I completed high school at Sacred Heart College, also on Wadawurrung country. I am an Indigenous woman, although my family and I have had huge troubles tracing our family connections and coming home to our mob due to colonisation and the Stolen Generation. It has been super difficult for us although I am so grateful for Wadawurrung mob for helping us find our way back home and find our family, as well as supporting us and teaching us their own dreaming and lore. I work as a barista in a cafe in Portarlington, and am very passionate about activism and truth telling about our First Nations Australians. We won't stop until there is justice!
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
It is super important for many reasons, including ending Aboriginal deaths in custody, and bringing justice to each and every life lost to our system. Injustices are so prevalent in our society, the racism, the suicides, the poverty, the mistreatment it all must stop and justice must be served. I am a huge belieber in educating and I strongly believe our country's education system needs to incorporate much more truth telling and Aboriginal history. I believe the local language should be taught, as well as lores and dreaming. I want our voices to be heard, and the injustices brought about by colonisation to be reversed. We need treaty, we need our leaders to set examples and we need many more Blackfullas anda Alies in government.
Why do you think a Voice to Parliament is important?
Voice in parliament of Indigenous Australians is super important, as injustices will start to be corrected. As well as this, Australia is Indigenous soil, we are one with the land, we are the traditional owners and need to finally have a say in higher power. We need to dismantle the system of oppression that has been built from colonial times and has been maintained by leaders in this country and which carries throughout society. The prejudice that leads to racism and oppression HAS GOT TO STOP NOW. Having more Voices in parliament (like Tidda girl Lydia Thorpe!!) will not only help this, although will help other Indigenous people feel more supported and represented in this country.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
The constitution was written a long time ago in a time where Australia's main goal was to breed us out. The constitution is out dated and this will be the first step in starting to turn around and dismantle the system that has been built to disadvantage us.
Why do you think Indigenous people should have a Voice to Parliament?
Australian land and shores are the country, heart and soul of Indigenous Australians. Our people have such a strong connection to country. We need to have our Voices heard in parliament for a multitude of reasons. Aboriginal deaths in custody, racism, truth telling, healing. Our country is dying and being destroyed by white mans ways as they don't have this same spiritual connection that Aboriginal people do. Our environment is suffering and needs to heal also. Our education systems need more Aboriginal influence. Our justice system has no justice. The intergenerational trauma caused by colonisation needs to be healed and with Indigenous people in parliament hopefully we can begin this process.
I want my children to grow up in a better world, one where they can connect to country. One where they don't have to advocate for their rights. I want them to look back at Blackfullas before them, and be proud. I want all future Aboriginal children to be treated equally I want them to be proud of their culture, and I want them to be able to learn about their culture and be on country. I am sick and tired of the casual racism in every day, as well as the lies the government tell, the lack of education in our school systems. Black deaths in custody must stop, and everyone should know their names and I want justice for each and everyone of them. I want Voice, Treaty and Truth.