We, gathered on the 2017 Nationwide Constitutional Conference, coming from all factors of the southern sky, make this assertion from the guts: Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes had been the primary sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjoining islands, and possessed it below our personal legal guidelines and customs.
This our ancestors did, in keeping with the reckoning of our tradition, from the Creation, in keeping with the frequent legislation from ‘time immemorial’, and in keeping with science greater than 60,000 years in the past.
This sovereignty is a non secular notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mom nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who had been born therefrom, stay connected thereto, and should someday return thither to be united with our ancestors.
This hyperlink is the idea of the possession of the soil, or higher, of sovereignty. It has by no means been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown. How may or not it’s in any other case?
That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred hyperlink disappears from world historical past in merely the final 2 hundred years? With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we imagine this historic sovereignty can shine by means of as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.
Proportionally, we’re essentially the most incarcerated folks on the planet. We aren’t an innately prison folks. Our kids are aliened from their households at unprecedented charges.
This can’t be as a result of we have now no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They need to be our hope for the longer term.
These dimensions of our disaster inform plainly the structural nature of our drawback. That is the torment of our powerlessness.
We search constitutional reforms to empower our folks and take a rightful place in our personal nation.
When we have now energy over our future our youngsters will flourish. They are going to stroll in two worlds and their tradition will probably be a present to their nation. We name for the institution of a First Nations Voice enshrined within the Structure.
Makarrata is the fruits of our agenda: the approaching collectively after a battle. It captures our aspirations for a good and truthful relationship with the folks of Australia and a greater future for our youngsters primarily based on justice and self-determination.
We search a Makarrata Fee to oversee a strategy of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our historical past. In 1967 we had been counted, in 2017 we search to be heard. We go away base camp and begin our trek throughout this huge nation. We invite you to stroll with us in a motion of the Australian folks for a greater future