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Supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart

On Thursday 29 July 2021 the NCCA held an Assembly Roundtable where we looked at how Australian Churches can hold and energise 'The Statement from the Heart'?

Our discussions focused on the importance of relationship building, yarning and why they are central to our churches. We were honoured to be able to yarn with Prof Megan Davis*, Aunty Pat Anderson* and Prof Henry Reynolds*.  The discussions were wonderfully and prayerfully led by Felicity McCallum* and Lucy Davis*.

As we talked and listened to these learned voices and we were struck again by how much we have yet to listen and learn.

 

* Professor Henry Reynolds, Honorary Research Professor, Aboriginal Studies Global Cultures & Languages, University of Tasmania

* Professor Megan Davis, member of the Referendum Council

* Aunty Pat Anderson, member of the Referendum Council

* Felicity McCallum, Felicity is a PhD Student at Charles Sturt University - 'Awabakal-British Engagement and Reconciliation: A historical investigation with special reference to Girardian theory' and First Nations Adviser to the NCCA 

* Lucy Davis is the Salvation Army's National RAP Coordinator. She is a proud Aboriginal & South Sea Islander woman of the Cobble Cobble clan of the Burrungum Nation in the Darling Downs QLD

 

The Uluru Statement from the Heart

Find the links to The Uluru Statement website. There is a petition to sign on this front page.

Under Resources in addition to videos there is a Supporter’s Kit and the Letter-Generator  for writing to your MP, all referenced by Pat Anderson to show our support. 

Read the Our Story section of the website.

Hear The Uluru Statement of the Heart read in language 

 

Another opportunity to take action.  

The Uluru Statement leaders have asked people to contact their Federal Member of Parliament and tell her or him why you have accepted the Statement's invitation to walk in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.  

You can do this via an online form here. Amplify this action by inviting others in your communities to join you in a show of support. 

MPs care about what their constituents think. Each and every letter from an individual is important. But if an MP were to receive a letter signed by your parish/church/community/social justice group, this would be even more powerful.

As the Australian Government considers responses to the Interim Voice Report, the Uluru Statement team have highlighted the importance of three key messages:

  • That a legislated Voice before a referendum does not meet the aspirations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
  • That the Australian people want a First Nations Voice to Parliament protected in the Constitution and would vote 'yes' in a referendum.
  • That the time for a referendum is now. The support is there, and the work has been done.

The more MPs hear these messages directly from the people they represent, the more likely they are to take action. 

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