Dear Co-Design Body
Co-design process: Submission
Born Ipswich, QLD, grew up across Australia and the UK and live in Adelaide, SA
Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
Because it provides our Indigenous people an opportunity to inform their healing process, to shape the truth telling process and bring together all Australians to benefit from the longest continuous culture in the world.
Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Because our First Nations People deserve a place in our Constitution that acknowledges the importance of their voice, the richness of their culture and to promote their self-determination for matters that directly affect them as out First Nation people.
Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Self-determination is a basic human right and one that has too often been reserved for non-Aboriginal people over the history of our nation.
How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
Because Indigenous communities are the experts in their own lives and communities - they know what it takes to heal and how to support this in our broader community.
This is well overdue and such an important validation of such an incredibly rich culture which draws on more than 60,000 years of wisdom - we need to honour our Indigenous people, learn from them and allow them to work on their healing process associated with a brutal colonisation of this country and the many policies which have negatively impacted not heir wellbeing.