The beautiful artwork surrounding the Uluru Statement from the Heart was led by Maruku artist and traditional owner of Uluru, Rene Kulitja and was painted by Multijulu artists. These artists include Christine Brumby, Charmaine Kulitja and Kunmanara Reid (deceased).
The artwork surrounding the Uluru Statement from the Heart increases the beauty and vitality of the call of the Uluru Statement for a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament and the establishment of a Makarrata Commission, to undertake processes of treaty-making and truth-telling.
“A long time ago, our grandfathers and grandmothers on their country, they walked from water to water, looking after families, and they told us this story. They have passed away now, and we’re lucky. We have the story. The walking is important to the Story.
Uluru-Ku Tjukurrpa – Uluru Story. It is the story for everyone. The Uluru-Ku Tjukurrpa connects everyone, like the Uluru Statement.
Tjukurrpa came from north, west, south, east, and teaching all the families so they know. Uluru is that shared place where all of those stories meet.
You can see the tracks of ‘Mala’, the Rufous Hare Wallaby people. The track of the rufous hare wallaby shows that the Mala came from the north. From the south-west came the men of the Liru, the poisonous snake people. Kuniya, the carpet snake who was pregnant and about to lay her eggs, she came from the east. The Kuniya and Liru clashed. Kurpanya, the desert dingo dog, came from the west. Together, the Mala and the Kurpanya left Uluru to the south. In the middle [of the painting], where the Uluru Statement is, that’s where Uluru is. The Uluru Statement is where all of our different stories come together.”
– Rene Kulitja (Excerpt: ‘Finding the Heart of the Nation’, Thomas Mayor)
You can see the tracks of Mala, the Rufous Hare Wallaby people. The track of the rufous here wallaby shows that the Mala came from the north.
Kuniya, the carpet snake who was pregnant and about to lay her eggs, came from the east.
From the south-west came the men of the Liru, the poisonous snake people
THE ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART
The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a call by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for real and practical change in Australia through the establishment of a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament and a Makarrata Commission, to undertake processes of treaty-making and truth-telling.
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ULURU STATEMENT FROM THE HEART
We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:
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.
How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?
With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.
Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.
These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.
We 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.
We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.
Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination.
We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.
In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.