“Think about how we felt on apology day and multiply that by 1,000; because that’s how good we’re going to feel as a country” – Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, talking about Constitutional Recognition.
I think words are very important, and when they’re expressed in the most significant, and highest and most powerful document in the land, that actually means a lot, it means a lot to me, and it means a lot to my family” – Rachel Perkins, Writer/Director Blackfella Films, talking about Constitutional Recognition.
“The future of who we are and how we might begin a healing process that is meaningful to us all is really important. We are on the cusp of doing that and I do have confidence that we can” – Pat Anderson, Lowitja Institute’s Chairperson, talking about Constitutional Recognition.
I’ve taken a role in Sydney as part of the team leading the field operation for the Recognise movement. It’s the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure there’s no place in it for racial discrimination.
I’m excited to join a passionate team of inspirational people working on something incredibly important. This job follows on from my previous roles in the Indigenous Sector working with Arrilla, the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, and the NSW Reconciliation Council.
My passion for working in the Indigenous Sector stems from my desire to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and to redress the injustices of Australia’s colonial history. I articulated this, as best I could being new to the Sector at the time, in my Political Economy dissertation in 2007. Since then, I have wanted to work for and support Indigenous leaders I believe in. I have had the chance to do that with leaders like Leanne Townsend, Carla McGrath, Jason Glanville, and Shelley Reys. Now, I’ll have the opportunity to work with leaders like Tanya Hosch and Mark Yettica-Paulson.
The recognise campaign is an incredible opportunity to change the course of our country’s history and build the foundations for a better, more inclusive and diverse future.
On the most practical level, more than 117 of Australia’s leading health bodies say that recognition will improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This movement will make a significant and immediate improvement in the lives of Indigenous people. Changing the constitution will do this by allowing Australian’s First Peoples to feel not just recognised, but respected and appreciated in their own country. This is a critical step forward in improving the wellbeing of all Australians and allowing us to co-create a better future as a nation.
More on why to support and join the Recognise movement here.
Below is a short clip from some of the leaders of the health bodies committed to recognition.