Later this year, Australians will vote on a change to the Constitution that will enshrine a Voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Here, we look at the best resources to support our understanding as we campaign for ‘Yes’.
After more than 65,000 years of continuous culture, it’s time that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised in our 122-year-old Constitution. That’s why the AEU is proud to be campaigning in support of a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum.
Unions for Yes
Begin by registering with the ACTU’s ‘Unions for Yes’ campaign to hear the latest updates and to register your support.
This is a great resource to find out more about what the Voice to Parliament is, what it means to Indigenous Australians, and the importance of it for all of us.
The Uluru Statement
What is the Uluru Statement from the Heart? Read the statement in full, and access school resources, including videos and recorded webinars with a particular focus on youth perspectives.
Interactive Uluru Statement components
Dive into three key components of the Uluru Statement – the painting, the people and the statement – with the guidance of author and union leader Thomas Mayo, whose book uses his own story, alongside interviews with key community members, to describe the journey towards Treaty.
Thomas Mayo, Finding the Heart of the Nation: The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth (Hardie Grant Publishing, 2019)
The Tiddalik Story
The Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Museums Victoria has some excellent resources, including this ‘Tiddalik the Thirsty Frog’ video, which gives you a sense of what you can expect when you visit its wonderful Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery.
Discover more about The Dreaming and the importance of Bunjil, Waa and the Rainbow Serpent on this site, which explores the importance of nature and land, and explains the way in which spirituality is the very foundation of Aboriginal culture and community.
Colonial Frontier Massacres
This is an incredible interactive resource that shows the huge toll colonialisation has taken on Indigenous Australians. Click on points of the map for information about where, when and how many Indigenous people were killed when land was stolen.
The Stolen Generations
One in three Indigenous children were taken from their families between 1910 and the 1970s. This link explains more about those children, the projects that have evolved to work with communities towards healing that trauma, and the ways in which we can support them.
Stolen Generations Testimonies
This site has short video testimonies from Stolen Generations’ survivors who share their personal stories. An amazing resource, this is easily shared with a class for accessible and clear comprehension of the human impact of race-based policies.
This site explains what intergenerational trauma is and how far-reaching the consequences can be across several generations. It offers healing resources, videos and a schools resource kit, which includes lesson plans and case studies.
Richard J Frankland’s keynote
Richard J Frankland is one of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal singer/songwriters, authors, poets and filmmakers. At the 2015 Australian Theatre Forum in Sydney, he shared his insights into the use of theatre for ‘collective healing’ and the opportunities to address the burden of ‘cultural load’ experienced by Indigenous Australians.