Community sector joint statement of support for the Voice

The Statement
Over six years ago, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates ‘from all points of the Southern sky’ gathered together and crafted the Uluru Statement from the Heart. They invited us to walk with them in a ‘movement of the Australian people for a better future’.

As representatives of the community sector, we stand ready to accept the generous invitation from First Nations peoples and take the next step towards that better future.

We will be saying ‘Yes’ at the referendum on October 14th, and we call on you to join us on this journey.

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Introducing the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

We have joined a group of Pacific nations, the European Parliament, the World Health Organisation & thousands of others in calling for an international #FossilFuelTreaty. Learn more & join us at fossilfueltreaty.org . Pacific Calling Partnership


Reconnecting with partners in Kiribati for climate justice

This month saw our first visit in 4 years to Kiribati, where we had the opportunity to reconnect with our partners Kiribati Climate Action Network, Tungaru Climate Alliance and Tungaru Youth Action. We also had the honour of working closely with 22 awesome emerging I-Kiribati climate leaders (pictured below) building on their leadership and advocacy skills. On this occasion Edmund Rice Community Services Executive Director Andree Brown joined us on our visit to better understand our work. In Andree's words: "Thank you again for a very enlightening and enjoyable week. Such privilege to have the community open up to us the way they did. A real treasure to hold." Ko Raba Kiribati. Thank you to each and everyone of you for partnering with us to work towards climate justice for all. Ninikoria to all of us! (Ninikoria is Courage in I-Kiribati).

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Join Walk for Yes for a better Australia

Join thousands of Australians across the country walking together for a better future at WALK FOR YES, a national event led by Yes23 next weekend (September 16 & 17).

Show up and show your support for the First Nations Voice to Parliament! Find out more online at https://www.yes23.com.au/walk_for_yes

Call for action: ‘The time for change is now'

Today the Prime Minister announced October 14 as the polling date for the Voice referendum. Read the media release from Allies for Uluru, a coalition of nearly 300 social sector organizations, including The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education. “The announcement represents another crucial step towards a ‘Yes’ vote, which would offer Australia a unique opportunity to progress human rights, justice and equality by ensuring the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are brought into the heart of our national dialogue.”

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