||RECOGNISES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first Australians, with unique cultures, languages and spiritual relationships to the land and seas;
||PURSUES a vision of an Australia that provides equal rights and life chances for all;
||AFFIRMS the fundamental importance of reconciliation as the basis of an Australian Community which respects the diversity of values, cultures, ideas and the contribution of all people;
||SUPPORTS Reconciliation Australia’s National Program of Action which encourages organisations and individuals to turn their good intentions into action;
||AFFIRMS that the ECAJ will continue to develop and implement a Reconciliation Action Plan that includes actions, timeframes for implementation and performance measures;Areas for action may include the ECAJ using its networks to:
- raise Community awareness and understanding of the historic, social and economic factors which contribute to the current levels of disadvantage confronting many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
- influence governments and businesses to address the systemic issues that keep many Aboriginal and Strait Islander people and their communities in poor health and poverty.
- support human rights based approaches to economic and social development programs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and
- lead inter-faith alliances to develop and provide targeted financial and capacity building support to selected projects which strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations’ governance, management, service delivery and professional development.
||ENCOURAGES the Jewish community in Australia to increase its knowledge and understanding of the identity and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reflect this awareness in our social relationships and our support for their advancement;
||CALLS UPON the governments, business and civil communities and people of Australia to take action to reduce the relative disadvantage many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may face by improving education, health, housing, employment, governance, social and communal relationships and law and justice;
||CALLS ON Jewish organisations around Australia to speak out in favour of reconciliation, actively participate in the annual events, Week of Prayer for Reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week
||NOTES that the Uluru Statement from the Heart (‘the Statement’) was made by Indigenous Australians directly to the Australian people as a whole, having been endorsed by a gathering of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders following a four-day First Nations National Constitutional Convention held at Uluru, which in turn followed a consultation process that was unprecedented in Australian history for its scale.
||ENDORSES as just, reasonable and achievable the Statement’s call for:
- a First Nations Voice to Parliament in the form of an advisory body on policy affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to be enshrined in the Australian constitution.
- a Makarrata Commission to oversee agreement-making between the Australian government and Indigenous people.
- a truth and reconciliation process to be facilitated by the Makarrata Commission.
||AFFIRMS its belief that bringing the Statement’s vision to fruition is important to all Australians; for Indigenous Australians it would mean the vindication of the truth of their story and the beginning of justice; for all other Australians it would mean at long last addressing the most important item of unfinished business in our national history.
||ACKNOWLEDGES that the First Nations of Australia, who have inhabited the Australian continent for more than 50,000 years, have endured much suffering since the advent of European settlement, yet they continue to show great dignity, patience, tenacity and generosity of spirit, appealing to all that is noble and decent in our society and inviting us to walk with them on the road to truth-telling and healing.
||ACCEPTS the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, and pledges to work with First Nations, Federal and State politicians, local and city authorities, religious, ethnic and civil society organisations, business leaders and our fellow citizens in moving together towards a shared future, which in every way lives up to our own robust, distinctively Australian, standards of fairness.