U&R in Cape York and the Kimberley
Over the past month our CEO, David Allinson has visited two Indigenous land councils who invited Uphold & Recognise to speak at their annual general meetings.
At the Cape York Land Council AGM, David spoke on a panel with Indigenous leaders about the work Uphold & Recognise has done to further the aspirations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart while also upholding the Constitution. He explained why this strategy has been successful. "Politicians can see the logic behind the approach" he said, "and U&R will continue to advocate for the Voice to Parliament, the Declaration of Recognition, and the Makarrata process".
At the Kimberley Land Council AGM, David spoke after Nolan Hunter, the KLC's CEO. Mr Hunter convened the Broome dialogue, one of twelve dialogues facilitated across the country by the Department of Prime Minster and Cabinet. Mr Hunter explained the role that each dialogue played in the process which led to the historical meeting at Uluru. At that meeting, 250 Indigenous delegates from the dialogues produced the 'Uluru Statement From the Heart', which sets out the roadmap to recognition.
You can view the Uluru Statement from the Heart by clicking here.
At the KLC AGM, David described the work that he and Mr Hunter had done together by visiting Parliament to discuss the proposals with politicians. The talk was received well, and the Uluru Statement from the Heart was endorsed by the KLC memberships, as well as those of Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre(KALACC) and AARNJA.
It was not all serious political discussions, however. Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre's annual festival is one of Australia's biggest Aboriginal cultural festivals, and an important chance for people to highlight the continuing importance of traditional culture. Every two to three years, Aboriginal people come together from across the region to perform dances and other cultural ceremonies.
Uphold & Recognise looks forward to a continuing relationship of cooperation with KLC, CYLC, and other Indigenous organisations to further the objectives of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.