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The Voice Referendum can be a difficult time for First Peoples and allies. Different opinions about the Voice, could lead to difficult conversations with family, friends and colleagues.
Sadly too, some people will express racist or negative views about First Nations peoples on social media and other channels. These conversations may cause additional stress for some people.
If talk of the Voice is affecting your wellbeing, it is important to know there is support available.
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation Inc. (VACCHO) have partnered to make a pro-Voice campaign video for the Victorian community sector.
The video leans into the complicated history of previous First Nations 'voices' to Parliament, to underline why it's critical any new Voice is enshrined in the Constitution.
Read VCOSS's statement in support of the Voice.
See highlights from past events in the image gallery below.
Reconciliation Victoria hosted our first Maggolee webinar on Victorian local government support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The webinar discusssed what actions local governments are taking to support the Uluru Statement, the From the Heart campaign (now Yes 23) and how councils can inform constituents about the Voice referendum.
When it comes to the key proposals for a First Nations Voice to Parliament, Australians widely believe the reforms are important, including 60% in the general community who think giving First Nations people a say is very important.
The vast majority also think it’s important for Constitutional changes to establish a First Nations representative Body and to protect that Body. And, most Australians (69%) believe such reconciliation efforts are the responsibility of all Australians. (pg. 2). Read the report.
Reconciliation Victoria, alongside peak reconciliation organisations across the nation have aligned in strong support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament.
Read the Australian Reconciliation Network (ARN) joint statement.
From the Heart (now Yes 23) began as an education project created to show Australians that a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution is fair, is practical, and that it is time for all to make the change for a better shared future.
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