In 2017, the Uluru Statement from the Heart invited all Australians to walk together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for a better future.
And this weekend, millions of people responded with YES. YES to listening, YES to recognition and YES for justice and equality.
The referendum was lost on April 5th when Peter Dutton and the Liberal Party chose to lead a divisive No campaign instead of giving bipartisan support for a simple change that would have made Australia better. They chose politics over progress.
Despite this, more than five million Australians came out not only to vote YES, but tens of thousands were active in the campaign to back Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Together, we say: we stand with you. You are not alone. And we will continue to fight alongside you for justice and equality.
Share a message or sign your name in hope and solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For over 65,000 years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have lived and cared for our great country.
Cultures and traditions that make Australia unique and that have been shared so generously. Hopes, aspirations and dreaming have been carried by the world’s oldest living continuous culture since time immemorial.
There isn’t a vote, or a moment in time – and certainly not a person or political party – that can extinguish this vast history, or the ancestral ties to land, culture and traditions, of this nation’s First peoples.
We will continue to be led by First Nations leaders in the ongoing struggle for justice and equality. We will continue to walk together for a better future.
Our greatest strength is solidarity. And now, more than ever, is the time to make it felt by the traditional owners and custodians of this land.
You can choose to write your own personal message, or simply add your name to the solidarity pledge.
We will take these messages and deliver them in a book to First Nations communities around this land.
You can choose to write your own personal message, or simply add your name to the solidarity pledge.We will take these messages and deliver them in a book to First Nations communities around this land.