Our Uluru Response
The Uluru Statement from the Heart invites all Australians to join with the First Nations of this continent in a journey to Voice, Treaty and Truth.
Initiatives of Change (IofC) Australia is responding through a three-year trustbuilding project, Our Uluru Response, that is working in partnership with First Nations leaders and advisors on truth-telling and truth-hearing initiatives. Project activities seek to promote recognition of Australia’s Indigenous history and understanding of its connection to present injustice. The project seeks to engage all Australians in building relationships of trust and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities through working together for a just, sustainable, and shared future.
‘A fair and truthful relationship’
The 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for establishing a ‘First Nations Voice’ to Parliament, enshrined in the Constitution of Australia, and a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement making between governments and First Nations. Makarrata is a Yolngu word that means coming together after a struggle, facing the facts of wrongs done, and living again in peace.
The Statement urges ‘a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination.’ Our Uluru Response supports that agenda.
National education forums, film screening events, yarning circles and site visits, where invited, are now taking place. A second phase of activities will be co-designed with traditional owners in specific localities. A partnership steering group of First Nations Elders advises and guides this work.
Help us roll out Our Uluru Response around Australia
IofC Australia’s trustbuilding project is one of several trustbuilding initiatives taking place around the world, funded in part by a US-based foundation, the Fetzer Institute.
While we have received core funding to begin this work, more is needed to roll out activities in partnership with the First Nations communities that are inviting us to work with them. Help us respond to our nation’s need for remembrance, respect and restoration by taking part and donating today.
Click on the stories here to learn more about Our Uluru Response, and contact project manager Sarah Naarden to get involved.
You can also support activities by donating through Paypal here. Every cent goes toward supporting Our Uluru Response project activities.