Uluru Statement from the Heart

March 6, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Thomas Mayor, Advocate for the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ for the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, made a passionate speech at Sydney’s Emanuel Synagogue on the hopes and aspirations of his people for their future.

He introduced everyone to the signed statement as depicted below and attached.

The packed synagogue endorsed his plea, which ensured that the Jewish people will stand by the Aboriginal people in their quest for full recognition and hope for the future.

Thomas Mayor was in conversation with Emmanuel’s Rabbi Jeremy Kamins.

 

Thomas Mayor studies the artwork

ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART
“We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:
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.

Thomas Mayor in conversation with Arabbi Jeffrey Kamins Photo: Ofer Levy

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 alienated 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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One Response to “Uluru Statement from the Heart”
  1. Liat Kirby says:

    The Uluru Statement from the Heart should have been accepted by the Coalition Government. It’s a travesty of what it means to be Aboriginal in this country and of truth that it was not. I’m glad to hear that so many Jewish people support Thomas Mayor’s statement of Aboriginal hopes and aims and Kol Hakavod to Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney for giving him a voice.

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