Social Ventures Australia (SVA) has a vision for an Australia where all people and communities can thrive. Key to this is achieving a reconciled Australia where all First Nations peoples’ rights and opportunities are guaranteed. We believe that First Nations peoples are experts in their own lives and support the fundamental right to self-determination and self-governance.
That is why today we are proud to stand with more than 70 Reconciliation Action Plan partners to support a First Nations Voice to Parliament and a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming Referendum with the following joint statement.
RAP Partner Joint Statement – We support YES
As members of a network of 2,450 organisations with Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) impacting 4 million Australians each day, our RAP commitments demonstrate our unwavering support of a reconciled future for our nation.
We come from a diverse range of sectors and work in every state and territory across this continent. We have been on the journey of reconciliation for many years. Our organisations are stronger because we have listened to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Recognition and voice have been at the heart of the reconciliation movement for decades. Our organisations have accepted the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
We committed to the principles of voice, treaty, and truth well before 2023. That commitment remains strong and will endure.
Reconciliation is founded on respectful relationships. We urge all Australians to engage thoughtfully and respectfully as they educate themselves and others about this important opportunity.
Together, our organisations support a Voice to Parliament and a “yes” vote in the Referendum.
We invite all Australians to join us as we take this step to make our nation a stronger, fairer, better place for all.