In response to the Uluru Dialogue and Prof Ian Jacobs’, President and VC at UNSW, recent call for action from the university sector in support of the Uluru Statement of the Heart, I invite you all participate in the current public submission process on an Indigenous Voice and to support the Uluru Statement.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart was issued to the Australian people in 2017 – the culmination of 13 regional dialogues with 1200 First Nations people on constitutional recognition. The Uluru Statement invited the Australian public to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples toward a better future. It called for a First Nations Voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the Australian Constitution.

The Government has undergone a “co-design process” to establish design options of what a First Nations Voice could look like. These options are now open to public feedback. After discussions with our RAP network, I encourage you to participate in this process – to show your support for the Uluru Statement and the constitutional enshrinement of a First Nations Voice.

You can do so by logging on to Uluru Statement’s official website to catch up on information about the interim report. You can use the Uluru Statement’s Supporter Kit to help you make a submission. You can complete a submissions for yourself, or on behalf of your team, faculty or division.  You can also complete the survey or do both.

I invite you to take time to add you voice to this vital process – to participate in an important movement of the Australian people.

See the Uluru Statement Support Kit for more information. Public submissions have been extended to 30 April 2021.

If you would be happy to share your submissions, please return via email to me: goulding@uow.edu.au.    These statements will be compiled in UOWs inaugural Reconciliation Books 2021, and later presented to UOW Executive.  They will include a compilation of responses to the Uluru Statement from the Heart as well as Reconciliation actions and commitments for 2021.

Jo Goulding
Reconciliation Action Plan Manager