The Vincent Lingiari Art Award, being held this year for only the second time since its inauguration in 2016, is infused with the spirit of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, in particular the truth-telling about Australia’s history that the statement calls for. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
On the second anniversary of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, First Nations representatives from across the country met in Cairns and Yarrabah, to renew the invitation forged at Uluru – including support for a Voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the constituion.
As Australia waits for the release of the latest report on constitutional recognition for First Australians, we hear from NIKLAS LABBA on the development of Sámi parliaments in Norway, Sweden, and Finland, a history that is already six decades old. The Sámi people are the Indigenous people of Sápmi in northern Scandinavia. Mr Labba grew up in a Sámi reindeer herding family and is now Academic Director of the Centre for Sámi Studies at the University of Tromsø – Artic University of Norway.
Following their three day meeting at Uluru, the Australian First Nations Constitutional Convention have called for their "ancient sovereignty" to be recognised meaningfully in the constitution "as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood".