NAIDOC Week 2019: Voice. Treaty. Truth.
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NAIDOC Week 2019: Voice. Treaty. Truth.

February 25, 2020

Good evening everyone and welcome to the
Facebook live version of Voice, Treaty, Truth for NAIDOC week.
I am Bianca Hunt and on my father’s side I’m a Kamilaroi and Barkindji woman, and
that’s from New South Wales and Victoria areas, and on my mother’s side I’m a
proud Ballardong and Wadjak woman from WA. Before we begin this panel I’d like
to introduce Ganur and Angel here and if you could introduce yourself, Ganur, to everyone on the panel. Hi everyone, my name’s Ganur
Maynard. I’m a descendant of the Gamilaroi people, and an adopted member of the
Worimi community up in Newcastle. I’m a final year arts Arts/Law student at the
University of New South Wales. Angel, would you like to introduce yourself? So,
as far as I know I’m a Kamilaroi woman. My nan’s father was brought up in Tingha
Moree. I’ve grown up in Mount Druitt pretty much my whole life, until 2016
where I got a scholarship to live on campus at Macquarie University.
I’m now in my fourth year of Psych honors and hopefully I’ll be continuing
my studies in 2020 to do a masters of forensic psychology. Today we’re talking
to the NAIDOC week theme of Voice, Treaty, Truth hosted by ReachOut and
CareerTrackers with support of Ernst & Young. NAIDOC week is a celebration of
our history, our culture and achievements. So it’s something that we want to make
sure, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, that we actually get to share our
opinions and that everyone across the country is also celebrating with us.
“Voice” talks to the First Nations voice to Parliament enshrined in the
Constitution, but there’s also more opinions that come from that and, Angel,
you’ve had a bit of a reflection on what voice means to you. Would you like to
share? As a forensic psychologist, the best I can do, and what I want to do, is I
guess to give younger generations the opportunity to be that voice. So the
incarceration rates, as you may or may not know, they are huge. They’re the
highest in the whole world, not just in Australia, in the world. And so my focus
is going to be on that. I’m going to focus on juveniles, especially, and
hopefully make a positive change for, you know,
Aboriginal people in the future. Yeah, definitely. I think it’s an incredible
work that you’re looking at doing and already have started to do, and not only
that, but we’re looking at this panel we’re all young Aboriginal people, and
being able to have our voice just now on this panel is incredible, and I think
we’re already starting it, there’s a lot more that we can keep doing. Now, Ganur,
when it comes to “Treaty”, what would you give as a like a bit of an overview from yourself? Yeah, sure. So, I mean, treaty really refers to the fact that
sovereignty in this country – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’
sovereignty – was never ceded and as a consequence of that, we’re still in a
position to negotiate treaties with the Australian government, or different
levels of the Australian government, to secure our rightful place and the
rightful place of the variety of different Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander peoples in this country. When it comes to treaty, I think it’s definitely
something that hasn’t really been taught in many educational systems, so it’s
really important that you, as an audience and us individuals, really do take that
opportunity to learn about what treaty does mean for us as a nation, what other
countries have done for treaty, and then also how that will impact us moving
forward. I think that’s a really important thing to learn about
for this year’s theme. Now, of course, the final element of Voice, Treaty, Truth is
“Truth”. Ganur, what does what does truth mean to you? Well, I guess, I mean to
practice what I preach, to go back to the um… To go back to the Uluru Statement, truth was about the creation of the Makarrata Commission. So
an institution designed to facilitate truth-telling in this country, and to me
that really speaks to a couple of things in my personal experience as a young
Indigenous person. I mean the first is that I think – maybe you two would agree
with me as well – we’ve been brought up in an era that to an extent has been able
to move out of the shadow of the history wars that we saw with, you know, the
diatribe that surrounded Henry Reynolds and Keith Winchell’s debates. And we’re
a generation to an extent, I wouldn’t say that we’re totally innocent of that, but
perhaps we can take on this mantle to reignite those kind of conversations,
having learnt from the way that those discussions were had in the past and the need for them to be to be reopened in order to move forward. So
thank you all for joining us for tonight’s NAIDOC panel on Voice, Treaty,
Truth hosted by ReachOut and CareerTrackers with support of EY. If this
chat has brought up anything for you, there is support available, so do check
out the comments for details.
I’d like to thank Ganur and Angel for being on this panel today, and if you
would like to learn anything more about ReachOut or CareerTackers, make sure
you hit up their socials tonight for more information and links
to their resources. Thank you so much for joining, have a great night.
Happy NAIDOC week!

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