Episode 31: Australia’s Largest Deliberative Process ‘Developing Uluru Statement of the Heart’

The first in a series of podcasts with Indigenous practitioners, Mel Hagedorn, Bang the Table’s Australia & New Zealand Territory Manager and Head of Client Services, invites Eddie Synot, Previous Center Manager for the Indigenous Law Center at University of New South Wales, to discuss Indigenous engagement and developing the Uluru Statement of the Heart.

“In June 2020, the death of George Floyd saw an outcry of support for supporting social change for people of colorcolour, especially in America. However, as an Indigenous Australian myself, I stood back in disbelief around the systemic racism here in Australia.

In order to make positive changes for the betterment of our communities, we need to be educated on issues that impact those we are needing to engage. In the lead up to NAIDOC week 2020, Bang the Table is releasing a series of podcasts talking to Indigenous practitioners from all walks of life to give insight into Indigenous engagement, cultural insights to help engagement practitioners deliver culturally appropriate engagement.

This is part of my personal commitment to my profession to help educate and to end racism in Australia. 

Our first podcast is with Eddie Synot, Previous Center Manager for the Indigenous Law Center at University of New South Wales. I met Eddie via a webinar he hosted on the third anniversary of the signing of the Uluru Statement of the Heart.” -Mel Hagedorn, Australia & New Zealand Territory Manager & Head of Client Services, Bang the Table

What we’ll cover:

  • What does Uluru Statement of the Heart mean to you?
  • How was the Uluru Statement of the Heart developed?
  • How the project team connected with community members to get them involved.
  • What advice would you give to Communications and Engagement professionals listening to this podcast about engaging with Indigenous communities?
  • If people want to learn more about Indigenous history in Australia, what resources would you recommend they read, watch or listen to.
  • What is next for Uluru Statement of the Heart, how can people become involved?

Resources and websites suggested by Eddie for future reading, watching, and learning

  • Uluru Statement of the Heart, Voice, Treat, Truth.
    A First Nations Voice to Parliament. The voice to parliament would be a representative body giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders a say in law and policy affecting them. Enshrined in the constitution, it would become an institution of lasting significance for First Nations and all Australians.

  • First Australians, Rachel Perkins and Marcia Langdon, Booktopia
    First Australians, the companion book to the epic SBS TV series, is the dramatic story of the collision of two worlds that created contemporary Australia.
    Told from the perspective of Australia’s first people, it vividly brings to life the events that unfolded when the oldest living culture in the world was overrun by the world’s greatest empire. Seven of Australia’s leading historians reveal the true stories of individuals – both black and white – caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia’s most transformative period of history.
  • Welcome to Country, Marcia Langdon
    Marcia Langton’s Welcome to Country is a completely new and inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. In its pages, respected elder and author Professor Marcia Langton answers questions such as what does ‘country’ mean to Indigenous people. A detailed introduction covers such topics as Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors.
  • It’s our Country, Megan Davis and Marica Langdon
    A collection of short essays by leading and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander thinkers and leaders. Edited by and including contributions from Megan Davis and Marcia Langton, it conveys to Australians why indigenous peoples should have a direct say in the decisions that affect their lives. Australia is one of the only liberal democracies still grappling with fundamental questions about the place of indigenous peoples, unlike its common law cousins Canada, the United States and New Zealand.
  • Referendum Council, How to best recognizerecognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution is a topic for all Australians. On 30 June 2017, the Referendum Council handed down its report to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.
  • National Indigenous Association Australia 

I acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional Country of the Yugambeh people, including the Kombumerri, Mununjali, Wangerriburra and respect their physical and spiritual connection to Country. We also acknowledge elders past, present and emerging across Australia.

Mel Hagedorn

Australia & New Zealand Territory Manager & Head of Client Services, Bang the Table

Eddie Synot

Previous Center Manager, Indigenous Law Center at University of New South Wales

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