The Traditional Owners of this land are those who identify as
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Sovereignty was never ceded.

ANTAR pays respect to Elders past, present, and emerging through our dedicated advocacy for First Nations Peoples’ justice and rights.

ANTAR acknowledges the responsibility of committing to a truth-telling process that promotes an honest and respectful path forward for future generations to build upon.

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Last edited: November 3, 2022

In May 2017, at Uluru, following months of consultation and dialogue, First Nations peoples from across the continent came together to make a direct and powerful statement – here’s what happened…

Following months of consultation and dialogue, First Nations peoples from across the continent came together at Uluru in 2017 to make a direct and powerful statement regarding their aspirations for true recognition in Australia’s Constitution:

With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood… 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.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a consensus statement from over 250 First Nations’ delegates. The Statement called for a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament, one that would advise on all matters concerning the wellbeing of First Nations peoples and their communities. It also called for a Makarrata commission:

…to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.

Unlike petitions of previous years, the Uluru Statement was not presented to Government. It was rather an invitation extended to the Australian people…

…to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.

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