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A signatory of Uluru Statement to speak at CSU

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2018

A signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart will speak about its meaning for all Australians at a public talk at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Port Macquarie on Monday 26 March.

The Uluru Statement from the Heart came from a historic and unprecedented gathering at Uluru of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from around the country. The gathering was the culmination of 13 regional dialogues.

Mr Thomas Mayor, a Torres Strait Islander who is one of the signatories of the Uluru Statement, will speak at CSU about the journey to Uluru, and why the aspirations of the Statement are so vitally important.

Uluru Statement supporter and lecturer in social work and human services in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ms Lava Kohaupt, said the Uluru Statement and people’s understanding of it can show the way forward in mending relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australia.

“To repair these relations, both groups need to acknowledge our joint past and through Constitutional recognition provide a voice to First Nations people,” Ms Kohaupt said.

Ms Kohaupt believes the Uluru Statement is a formal step forward in this process for all Australians.

“Australia is the only developed nation that has not formally recognised its First Nations people,” Ms Kohaupt said.

“The Uluru statement provides a direction in this process by seeking ‘constitutional reforms to empower’ Aboriginal people and enable them to take a rightful place in their ‘own country’.

“This is also a rare opportunity to see the original Statement that will one day be celebrated as the spark of hope that led to Australia’s Makarrata, ‘the coming together after a struggle’.”

This event is presented in partnership with the Birpai Local Aboriginal Land Council and CSU.

Mr Thomas Mayor will speak about the Uluru Statement from the Heart from 6.30pm on Monday 26 March in room 2062, at CSU at 7 Major Innes Road Port Macquarie.

Media contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Uluru Statement signatory Mr Thomas Mayor and Ms Lava Kohaupt from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Port Macquarie.

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