In 2017, the Uluru Statement from the Heart proposed a vision to enshrine a First Nations voice in the Australian Constitution. It called for significant structural reform over merely symbolic recognition. Three years on, and after 250 years of continued colonisation of a land in which sovereignty has never been ceded, two key voices in the fight for Indigenous rights discuss where to from here. Featuring Thomas Mayor, a Torres Strait Islander man born and raised on Larrakia land in Darwin and author of Finding the Heart of the Nation, and criminal defence lawyer and human rights activist Teela Reid, a Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman born and raised in Gilgandra NSW Griffith Review 67: Matters of Trust.
Thomas Mayor (Australian)
Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander, born and raised on Larrakia Land in Darwin. Thomas has tirelessly advocated for the proposals in the Uluru Statement from the Heart since being a part of its development and endorsement. He has written about his journey in his first book, Finding the Heart of the Nation – the journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth. A children’s version of the book, Finding Our Heart, will be published in June of 2020.
Teela Reid (Australian)
Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, lawyer and activists. She is currently a defence lawyer based in Sydney and was a working group leader on a 51(xxvi), the ‘race power’ of the Australian Constitution that culminated in the Uluru Statement from the Heart that calls for a First Nations Voice and a Makarrata Commission.