The ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ emerged in May 2017 from a convention held in Arrernte country in Central Australia attended by 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around the nation. The Statement called for a ‘First Nations Voice’ to be enshrined in the Constitution enabling, in general terms, a process of influence on future legislation and policy affecting Indigenous communities. The Statement also seeks a commitment to agreement-making between government and Indigenous groups and ‘truth-telling’ about the history of colonisation.
David Trigger is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at The University of Queensland and Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia. He is the Principal Partner in David S. Trigger & Associates consulting anthropologists. His most recent works address senses of historical place that both overlap and diverge for people of diverse ancestries. In Australian Aboriginal Studies, Professor Trigger has carried out more than thirty-five years of research on Indigenous systems of land tenure, including applied research on resource development negotiations and native title.
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