Sir David Martin Foundation is proud to stand in solidarity with First Nations communities in their ongoing campaign for sovereignty and self-determination. We believe there needs to be crucial and urgent action for the traditional custodians of this land to receive the acknowledgment, respect and equality that they deserve.
In step with what we believe, we have signed the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) Statement of Solidarity with First Nations Communities. The statement brings acknowledgement to the ongoing injustice and institutionalised racism that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face, calling for action to end this disparity.
“As a community sector, we commit to:
- Solidarity and action with First Nations communities in their ongoing campaign for sovereignty and self-determination, including Voice, Treaty, and Truth-telling.
- Ensuring our own decision-making processes respect First Nations voices, leadership and right to self-determination.
- Developing partnership principles that ensure we are not competing with Aboriginal community-controlled organisations who are best placed to develop policy solutions and deliver services for their communities.”
It is a crucial time to unite in solidarity with First Nations peoples. We cannot change what has happened in the past; but now we can build a future that brings justice and equality, the way it should have been a long time ago.
You can read and sign the Statement of Solidarity with First Nations Communities here.