RISING's Statement on the Voice to Parliament

Mon 2 October

Centring First Peoples’ stories and culture lies at the core of RISING’s ethos. By engaging with the diversity of perspectives of Traditional Owners, Elders, artists, and curators, we enliven and deepen our collective knowledge.

In keeping with our commitment to listening to and platforming First Nations voices, RISING supports the aspirations of the Uluru Statement from the Heart—formalising both Constitutional recognition of First Peoples and the creation of an enduring and meaningful voice in our national Parliament. We support the Yes case with the understanding that it’s a first step in a process that must include Treaty and Truth-telling. And we do it while holding respect for differing opinions on how best to move forward. Art and democracy should both be places for discourse.

As an organisation, we say Yes in the hope that it opens a new path for First Nations people and communities. As an organisation we stand by First Nations people, always.

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