To whom it may concern
Submission for Co-design process
I am a 47 year non-indigenous female living in Melbourne - on Wurundjeri Country. I completed my undergraduate studies (Occupational Therapy) in 1996, and currently work in partnerhip across a major metropolitan Hospital and local community Health Centre. As a result, I am acutely aware of the link between poor education, low socioecomic opportunities and poor health outcomes.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is an important invitation for non-indigenous people to listen to the combined wisdom and strength of the Indigenous elders, and it leads the way - to a pathway of shared reconciliation - through peace and shared learnings rather than retributive conflict.
it is important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, (rather than only include it in legislation) so that the voice of Indigenous Australia can be heard across this county, in a meaningful way.
A Voice to Parliament can improve the lives of many in my community. Having your voice being heard; being recognized; and being valildated is a most powerful form of healing, of rebuilding trust and of affirming relationships - all of which is required to move Australia forward in our quest for Reconcilliation.
It is important for Indigenous pople to have a say in the matters that affect them, just as we (the white fella's) have enjoyed the priviliege of being able to speak out about the matters that affect our own destiny. This injustice has been the situation in this country since European colonization, and reflects poorly on Australia as a whole. This situation needs to change.