The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare embraces the Uluru Statement from the Heart and strongly supports a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament.
We accept the invitation to walk with First Nations peoples in pursuit of their rightful place in Australia.
The Voice presents an opportunity for First Nations peoples to hold the Federal Government accountable and have a say in the decisions that affect their children, families, and communities. It presents a crucial step forward in the journey toward reconciliation and self-determination.
As the leading peak organisation for child and family services in Victoria, we stand in solidarity with our First Nations colleagues and communities. We pledge to listen deeply to, collaborate closely with, and support First Nations children, families, communities, and organisations to self-determine on their terms.
We are committed to promoting Treaty and truth-telling in Victoria and will continue to do so while empowering the realisation of a First Nations Voice to Parliament.
The Centre stands by First Nations peoples in support of the Voice.
“When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.” – Uluru Statement from the Heart, 26 May 2017
Download the Centre’s Statement Supporting First Nations Voice to Federal Parliament here.
Pictured: The Uluru Statement from the Heart, with signatures of those who attended the National Convention in 2017. The surrounding artwork, by Rene Kulitja and other local artists (Charmaine Kulitja, Happy Reid and Christine Brumby), depicts Anangu stories (Tjukurrpa) about the creation of the country around Uluru. Photographed by Thomas Mayor.