SSI voiced its unwavering support for recognising Indigenous Australians in the nation's constitution and called for corporate Australia to lend its weight to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, at a Diversity Inclusion Council conference last week.
The ‘Building Workplace Capability for Indigenous Australia Network’ conference gathered organisations, business leaders and indigenous elders to investigate the role corporate Australia can play as allies to the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The Uluru Statement calls for a First Nations voice to Parliament and a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making and truth-telling. These reforms are: voice, treaty and truth.
Nicole Laupepa, a proud Goomeri woman and SSI Project Officer and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Specialist, represented SSI at the conference and said she was proud to present our vision statement to attendees.
“First Nation people 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.”
For the past two years, SSI has embarked on a journey of reconciliation that was built on community consultation and the vision of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
After a long journey of learning and discovery, we are at the final stages in the development our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and organisational revival vision.
SSI’s revival vision ensures we will listen, learn and share the wisdom of 60,000 years of an ancient culture.
SSI will also work towards realising makarrata —birth a new season of kinship, where all people and cultures acknowledge our past, see each other and walk together in the spirit of strength and unity.
Finally, we will strive to shape a pathway where everyone has an opportunity to prosper, contributing to an Australia that redefines difference and steps out in courage to build a unified, equal and respectful Nation.
Read more on the Uluru Statement from the Heart here
Learn more about SSI’s reconciliation journey here