Reconciliation through building respect, recognition and relationships, is profoundly important for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, and all Australians.
Currently the Australian Constitution provides no recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ occupation of lands, waters and sea for more than 40,000 years before Australia was founded as a nation in 1901. It also permits negative discrimination based on a person’s race, which includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Australians have an opportunity to change this situation. Constitutional recognition is a core element of Australia’s reconciliation journey and an important step towards a more respectful society which embraces and celebrates our collective national story.
We encourage every Australian to learn more about constitutional recognition and join in the national conversation.
World Vision Australia CEO Claire Rogers speaks about the prospect of a referendum on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia's Constitution, and the important role this plays in the journey of reconciliation.