Arresting the Tide of History: the Uluru Statement from the Heart


The Uluru Statement from the Heart was issued by First Nations to the Australian people on 26 May 2017. Calling for ‘constitutional reforms to empower our people’ the Uluru Statement marked an unprecedented event in Australian history. Twelve regional dialogues conducted deliberatively across the country enabled a representative cross-section of the Indigenous community to have their say on reforms they wanted in their communities.

These dialogues culminated in the First Nations National Constitutional Convention in May 2017 where over 200 delegates elected by their communities endorsed, by an overwhelming majority, the Uluru Statement and its reforms of Voice, Treaty and Truth. 1 To achieve this empowerment, the Uluru Statement called for reforms to the constitution of Australia – both the legal text and the broader cultural existence of the Australian nation. These reforms are the enshrinement in the Constitution of a First Nations Voice to Parliament and a Makarrata Commission to oversee agreement-making and truth-telling...

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