Our Uluru Response, IofC Australia’s Trustbuilding Project, launched on 19 March. Since then, we’ve been very busy.
The project is rolling out ‘truth telling and truth hearing’ opportunities in partnership with First Nations leaders and communities in different parts of Australia. The warm and enthusiastic response received tells us that Australians want this: now is the time.
In recent months, we have had:
- First Nations community leaders sharing their Stolen Generation stories with non-Indigenous listeners, in small groups facilitated by IofC in South Australia;
- an IofC group in Queensland lend support to author John Danalis’ Star of Taroom project, which is returning a stolen Aboriginal artefact to its rightful home;
- Creators of Peace hosting a 5 June talk by Graeme Cordiner, a member of the Myall Creek National Committee since 2003, on why the Myall Creek massacre of 1838 and the current Myall Creek Memorial project is foundational to our national historical narrative; and
- a national online event on 24 May with a powerhouse panel of Indigenous speakers and leaders on the priorities emerging from the campaigns around National Sorry Day and the subsequent Apology.
In the background, many meetings have taken place with First Nations friends and partners, as we seek to hear and respond to the call of the Uluru Statement from the Heart in ways that are wanted and needed. Arts events, film events for education and fundraising, Yarning Circles, and visits to Indigenous communities and significant sites, as invited, are all in the works.
This video by Mike Worsman, a film-maker and photographer in the IofC Australia community, sums up the call of the Uluru Statement and the collective response that is now taking shape.