The Uluru Statement from the Heart and Voice to Parliament
In 2019, the Curtin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee, Senior Executive Team and University Council all unanimously gave their support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The Statement calls for the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the Australian Constitution, and a Makarrata Commission on agreement-making and truth-telling between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and governments.
On 14 October 2023, Australians will be asked to vote at a referendum on whether they approve the first part of the Statement: a change to the Constitution to enshrine a Voice to Parliament. The Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body, which would give advice to the Australian Government on matters that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“At Curtin we are committed to teaching and learning in partnership with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues. I strongly support their very gentle call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution” – Professor Harlene Hayne CNZM, Vice-Chancellor.
Resources for the Voice referendum and the Uluru Statement
How you can contribute to reconciliation
There are many ways you can help advance reconciliation and contribute to an Australian society that values and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, culture and heritage as a proud part of our shared identity.
PARTICIPATE IN CULTURAL IMMERSION TRAINING
TAKE SOME SMALL PERSONAL ACTIONS
INCORPORATE RECONCILIATION INTO AREA PLANS AND ACTIVITIES
INCORPORATE INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES INTO CURRICULUUM
FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH SUPPORT FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS
READ THE UNIVERSITIES AUSTRALIA INDIGENOUS STRATEGY 2022-25
Here are some ways the Curtin community has recently contributed to reconciliation.
To enquire about reconciliation stories or projects, please contact the Inclusion and Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Curtin Training Centre for Healing Country
Australia’s first Indigenous Chair for Biodiversity and Environmental Science Professor Stephen van Leeuwen will lead a ground-breaking Healing Country Training Centre focusing on traditional and cultural practices in healing the land.
Moorditj Yorga Scholarship
University Advancement have launched a 2021 campaign to support the Moorditj Yorga Scholarship. The scholarship supports mature-aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to enter university and receive mentoring.
The Moombaki Cultural Learnings project
Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and led by Professor Kickett-Tucker, the Moombaki Cultural Learnings project aims to strengthen Aboriginal children’s wellbeing by connecting to identity, culture, country and kin.