What is the Uluru Statement From The heart? How can this ancient sovereignty shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood? What constitutional and structural reforms do we need to make? And how do we walk with our First nations in a movement of the Australian people for a better future? This Forum will help us understand the Uluru Statement From The Heart, its importance to Indigenous Australians, why it is crucial to all Australians to understand it – and what role we all have to play in ensuring the progression to Voice, Treaty , Truth.
Speaker: Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. From the age of seventeen, he became a wharf labourer, until he became a union official for the Maritime Union of Australia in his early thirties. Quietly spoken in character, Thomas found his voice on the wharves. As he gained the skills of negotiation and organising in the union movement, he applied those skills to advancing the rights of Indigenous peoples, becoming a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a tireless campaigner.
Following the Uluru Convention, Thomas was entrusted to carry the sacred canvas of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He then embarked on an eighteen-month journey around the country to garner support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations voice, and a Makarrata Commission for truth-telling and agreement-making or treaties.
Thomas’s journey continues, both in person and through the pages of his book; Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth. The book is his gift to the campaign for Voice, Treaty and Truth. Like the Uluru Statement from the Heart, he hopes that all Australians will accept it.
Please support AJDS and it’s Co-Hosts Habonim Dror and Hashomir Hatzair at this important live event. Obviously if circumstances change, it will be held via Zoom. Lets hope we can all get together in person! If there is lockdown, zoom details will be sent out to everyone who registers.
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