April 10th, 2019
A number of members have come together to work out how to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart. We are seeking to pull together a collective of PA funder members who would be keen to work together to:
Many of you will have seen the recent news about the top Australian law firms supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart (a couple of quick links about it here & here). Congratulations, Brooke and Herbert Smith Freehills, I know how deeply you are involved in this and really appreciate you sharing your experience and expertise with us so we can try for a collective philanthropic response.
It would be great if we can craft something similar from philanthropy.
There are many initiatives underway, and it now looks very likely that whatever the election result in May, we will have a referendum of some sort on Constitutional change*. Therefore, we want to focus specifically on supporting the Indigenous leaders of the Referendum Council (Pat Anderson, Megan Davis and Noel Pearson) who have the community mandate to lead this change and who are working with the Uluru dialogue participants to progress the change. This group is called “The Uluru Dialogue”.
We know many members have deep and long relationships with a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. This approach is not about changing that, it’s about connecting and convening members who want to work together, in addition, to support the strategy and approach of the Uluru Dialogue and to take our lead from the campaign leaders in terms of what might be genuinely helpful and appropriate.
Megan Davis has very kindly offered to work with us.
An important note about their approach, the Uluru Dialogue vested the Uluru Statement from the Heart to the Mutitjulu Aboriginal community who kindly hosted the Uluru meeting. This means any donations or money remaining after the campaign will be returned, along with the Uluru painting, to Mutitjulu Aboriginal Corporation. They will build a centre for the Uluru Statement painting as a new institution of Australian democracy after the referendum and any remaining funds will go toward that dwelling.
Please let me know if you would like to be part of this collective approach.
Once I know who is interested, we will organise a meeting with Megan to identify the best way forward.
Any questions, please sing out!
Sarah Davies CEO
*PS – re a Referendum – in the Coalition’s budget announcements last week there is provision for an Indigenous constitutional recognition referendum in 2020-21. The leader of the Opposition has previously said he would support such a Referendum.