The Uluru Statement is an invitation from First Nations people to non-Indigenous Australians calling for constitutional change and structural reform.
The Statement calls for:
1. Voice - the ‘establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution’.
2. Treaty and Truth - a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth telling’.
There is a long history of First Nations people advocating for recognition and political representation stretching back to 1938 when Yorta Yorta man William Cooper collected more than 1800 signatures and petitioned the federal government for parliamentary representation.
The current proposal timeline:
See an expanded timeline of Constitutional recognition for Australia's Indigenous peoples.