'Uluru Statement from the heart' - Wording and Video reading

Constitution Recognition - Before the Vote & After the Vote
Megan Davis from the Referendum Council reads the statement from the Uluru meeting.
Megan Davis from the Referendum Council reads the statement from the Uluru meeting.

Statement made by the delegates at the Referendum Council at Uluru on Friday 26 May, 2017. Some delegates walked out of the meeting on day 2 of procedures due to frustrations regarding the way the processes were conducted and they were not allowed back in later.

The website admin reserves judgement on this statement until Ghillar gets back from Uluru. He was not allowed in the meeting after day 1 and is on the road at the moment. - but the statement looks disastrous from a layperson's perspective. It looks like the Referendum will go ahead and although there are a lot of flowery words, there appears to be no specific wording demands for the constitution and First Nations and Peoples sovereignty is not acknowledged, so surely if there is any treaty in future it will be just beads and trinkets.

No wonder Megan Davis from the Referendum is happy to read out the result. she co-wrote a book on Recognition propaganda and has been saying that sovereignty was ceded at the time of the invasion.

Statement electronically translated


We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:

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Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from 'time immemorial', and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.

This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or 'mother nature', and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link Is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.

How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?

With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia's nationhood.

Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.

These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.

We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.

We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.

Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination.

We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.

In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

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