Unlocking Answers: Your Community's FAQs
Can you share a note on how to explain why this is important to my family and friends over WhatsApp?
Hi ….. I’m not sure if you have heard about the upcoming referendum where we will be voting on whether we want to add to the constitution an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. It will give Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples the opportunity to advise the government on issues that concern their community.
The US, Canada and New Zealand all have treaties with their First Nations peoples, recognising them as the first inhabitants of those lands. Australia does not have this, which has played a role in limiting the say Indigenous peoples have over their own country and lives which has played a role in limiting the say Indigenous peoples have in their own lives.To this day Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are not recognised in the Constitution, framed in 1901 when the White Australia Policy was still in effect.
This is an important moment for Australia as a country and I am keen to share information about why I think we should vote yes.
If you want information about why other South Asians are voting yes you can watch this video: www.youtu.be/UJKRFOKGVqM
Also if you want to show your support you can add your name and “Say Yes”, or share a short video at this
website: www. southasiansforvoice.org
I want to submit a video and would love some cues to help me articulate my thoughts
Of course! Here are some ideas to get you started.
- A referendum will be held on October 14
- Voting Yes will give First Nations Peoples a say on policies and laws that affect them
- The Voice will improve the lives of First Nations Peoples. And acknowledge them as first inhabitants in our founding document – the Constitution of our country.
- The Voice was asked for by First Nations Peoples, and 83% of their communities support it
- The Voice will improve government decision-making
- There have been 7 processes and 10 reports to get here
- As a migrant from [add your homeland], I understand that colonisation and historical events have long-term impacts and want to be part of the change for a fairer society
We recognise sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.