Uluru Statement from the Heart
A week of action from Sunday 4 November through to Saturday 10 November has been organised by the Northern Territory Branch of the MUA in support of the Statement from the Heart. They are asking for affiliates, workplaces and members to take initiatives in their communities to build a groundswell of support for the Statement from the Heart.
Excerpt from the Statement:
"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."
Read the full statement here