The peak bodies in the financial counselling sector are proud to announce their support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The Statement calls for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament, a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between First Nations people and governments, and truth-telling about Australia’s history and colonisation.
These key reforms are referred to as: Voice, Treaty, Truth.
Together the reforms aim to bring structural change so that First Nations people can take their rightful place in guiding the future of Australia.
Reinforcing the need for structural change, we note that a number of the clients of financial counsellors and financial capability workers are First Nations people. This is just one legacy of the continued disadvantage faced by many First Nations people.
We are also proud that a number of financial counsellors and financial capability workers in our sector are First Nations people.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart was developed by more than 250 First Nations delegates and delivered at the National Constitutional Convention in 2017.
It concludes with these beautiful words: “In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.”
We are walking with you.
While we announce our support for the Statement during NAIDOC Week 2021, we urge our members and the broader community to keep this conversation going well beyond July 2021.
FCA and the state and territory associations encourage financial counsellors, as well as other Australians, to support the Statement by signing up here.