Constitutional Recognition and the Uluru Statement from the Heart

DCA supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart.1 DCA also supports the proper recognition of the unique status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our country’s history and of ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are central in any discussions around recognition and reconciliation. 

What is the Uluru Statement from the Heart?

A constitutional convention bringing together over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders met in 2017 on the lands of the Aṉangu people, at Uluru.

The majority resolved, in the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’, to call for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

READ & LEARN MORE:

The Uluru Statement, Uluru Statement from the Heart Explained2

SBS, What is ‘Truth-Telling’ and why does it matter to Indigenous Australians?3

More background material:

Why Should Australian Business support the Uluru Statement from the Heart?

Genuine inclusion must begin with reconciliation. There can be no genuine workplace inclusion while our First Nations Peoples are excluded from opportunities, and we as a nation do not address race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity, and historical acceptance.

It also requires creating an organisation that understands and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Providing a safe and welcoming environment should be a critical part of any workplace’s diversity and inclusion strategy and planning.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people have experienced significant exclusion from Australian society for many years. Ending that exclusion is foundational to D&I.

In 2019, DCA officially announced its support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart campaign to secure constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We join many other organisations, including DCA members, who are going public with their support. 

See DCA’s statement in support of Uluru Statement from the Heart.

How Can Australian Business Support the Uluru Statement from the Heart?

DCA’s March 2020 Building Workplace Capability for Indigenous Australia, investigated the critical role corporate Australia can play as an ally to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The panel discussion highlighted the importance of:

  • Reconciliation in recognising that all Australian Businesses operate on First Nations land, supporting the Uluru Statement is a way of recognising the sovereign of First Nations Peoples and the ongoing impact of colonisation while Non-Indigenous Businesses and Non-Indigenous Australians have profited.
  • Truth-telling as an essential part of bringing about meaningful actions and change, and the ability of organisations to mobilise and educate their workforces as members of the broader Australian community on social issues.

You can access the transcript and recording of the event here.

Activities and Resources:

Join the movement for the Uluru Statement from the Heart as an organisation and individual, and support the call for a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to oversee agreement making and truth-telling.8

Access Reconciliation NSW’s Voice Treaty Truth Toolkit, which includes fact sheets and information on FAQs, conversation guides, reading lists and posters.9

Listen to DCA’s Art of Inclusion: Unfinished Business Podcast on what exactly Constitutional recognition means to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and more importantly what role wider Australian workplaces play in making recognition a reality.

Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan using the materials under Leading Practice Principles, to cement your organisation’s commitment to reconciliation and addressing race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity, and historical acceptance.

This information was last updated in July 2021.