From the Heart is an education project created to show Australians that an Indigenous Voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution is fair, is practical, and that it is time that we make this change in the interests of our shared future.

Our Story.

From the Heart is an education project created to show Australians that an Indigenous Voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution is fair, is practical, and that it is time that we make this change in the interests of our shared future. From the Heart is administered by the Cape York Institute and made possible through the generous support of our partners.

Our People .

Dean Parkin

Dean Parkin

Having been closely involved in the process that resulted in the historic Uluru Statement From The Heart, Dean continues to advocate for constitutional and structural reform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the CEO of Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition and Project Director of Uluru Education Project.

Formerly an investment analyst at alternative asset investment firm Tanarra Capital, Dean also has extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

He has consulted across the public, corporate, not-for-profit and political sectors at national, regional, and local levels. He has advised a range of clients on strategy, engagement and co-design, and has commercial experience both in Australia and the UK.

Dean is from the Quandamooka peoples of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Queensland. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Journalism) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Melbourne. He is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Fellowship for Social Equity and is an ex-officio member of the Business Council of Australia’s Indigenous Engagement Taskforce.

From the Heart is advised by Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition (AICR), a not-for-profit organisation committed to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a Voice to Parliament that is enshrined in the constitution. Established in 2019, the AICR board includes leaders from across Australia:

Pat Anderson, AO (co-chair)

Chair, Lowitja Institute

Danny Gilbert, AM (co-chair)

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Gilbert + Tobin

Pat Turner, AM

CEO, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Noel Pearson

Founder, Cape York Partnership

Professor Megan Davis

Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW

Wayne Bergmann

CEO, KRED Enterprises

Thomas Mayor

CFMMEU National Indigenous Officer

Djawa Yunupingu

Deputy Chair, Yothu Yindi Foundation

Sally Scales

Chair, APY Lands Executive Board

Rachel Perkins

Managing Director, Blackfella Films