Voice, Treaty, Truth: Progressing the Uluru Statement
UNSW Indigenous Law Centre | Impact area » Supporting Indigenous Communities
The Issue » Over a decade since the Council of Australian Governments agreed to a coordinated approach to addressing disadvantage in First Nations communities, there is a consensus among First Nations peoples that the gap in health, social and economic outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia cannot be addressed through more research and program funding alone. We need to take a different approach. The problem is structural and the solution needs to be informed by First Nations through a process they identify as meaningful to them. In 2017, the Uluru Statement from the Heart was issued to the Australian people as a way forward. We now need to support First Nations communities as they progress this work that is critical to the healing process for effective, long-term change.
The Project » The Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW is the backbone organisation that coordinates the ongoing national dialogue process to ensure First Nations voices remain at the heart of delivering on Voice, Treaty, Truth—the three pathways to justice set out in the Uluru Statement. Utilising a hub and spoke model, local communities have identified leaders to represent them at National Uluru Dialogues that will take place at least three times per year. A National Youth Convention will take place once per year. Leaders will conduct ongoing education of the mob through local dialogues on Uluru. Philanthropic support is central to enabling this important work to occur locally and on a national scale.
More details to follow in the forthcoming Impact Fund 2019 Prospectus.
The Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW Law is the only Indigenous law research centre in Australia. Established in 1981, the ILC contributes to the recognition, protection and development of the legal rights and freedoms of Indigenous peoples both in Australia and internationally. Professors Garth Nettheim, Hal Wootten, Mick Dodson and Megan Davis have held leadership positions at the Centre. The ILC has been involved in High Court cases such as Koowarta v Bjelke-Peterson, Mabo v Queensland and international Indigenous rights advocacy such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.