Voice, treaty, truth: compared to other settler nations, Australia is the exception, not the rule

Tue, 4 Jul 2023 03:45:57 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"For many non-Indigenous Australians, it might seem the Voice to Parliament –
the first step in the Uluru Statement’s process of “voice, treaty, truth” – is
a recent idea. Conservative voices have framed it as a dangerously untested

But as First Nations have always known, voice, treaty and truth carry long
histories. They’ve long been at the centre of Indigenous rights campaigns in
Australia. They’ve also existed in other settler nations like New Zealand and
Canada where treaties were forged at the point of colonisation.

These histories remind us how long First Nations people have waited for
political recognition in this country – and that, compared to other former
colonial sites, Australia is the exception, not the rule."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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