Indigenous People Urged to Stay Resilient and Keep Fighting

         

Summary: Following the referendum’s defeat on the constitutional recognition of Indigenous people in Australia, Indigenous community leaders express their determination to keep fighting for their rights and recognition. Warren Mundine, a No campaigner, suggests openness to a referendum on recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution alone, acknowledging public support. However, traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders are hesitant. Maxine Carlton, a Warlpiri woman, expresses her disappointment and concern for the future of her community and calls for unity and resilience in moving forward.

Two days after the Australian public voted against the referendum on constitutional recognition of Indigenous people, Indigenous community leaders continue to voice their determination to fight for their rights and recognition. Despite the referendum’s defeat, Warren Mundine, a No campaigner, reveals that the Australian public, regardless of their stance, expressed support for a referendum on recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution. However, many traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have reservations about such a vote.

Maxine Carlton, a Warlpiri woman and president of Anthelk-Ewlpaye (Charles Creek) town camp, shares her disappointment in the referendum’s outcome. Carlton, concerned about the future of her community, had hoped that the Voice would bring about positive change. Expressing her devastation and heartache, she emphasizes the need to find a way forward and asks what will happen to her son and grandson. Carlton urges Indigenous people to stay resilient and united, emphasizing the importance of continuing the fight for their rights and against top-down government policies and regulations.

The defeat of the Voice to Parliament proposal in the referendum has sparked discussions and reactions among Indigenous community leaders. While there is openness to a referendum on recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution from some quarters, traditional leaders express reservations. Moving forward, Indigenous people are urged to stay resilient and continue the fight for their rights and recognition.

Tags: Indigenous people, referendum, constitutional recognition, rights, resilience

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