Following the ‘Uluru Statement From The Heart’, in 2019, a group of young Indigenous people have gathered in East Arnhem Land for the Youth Forum at Garma. The forum has been facilitated by AIME and resulted in a Declaration for the Prime Minister and Education Minister’s across Australia – The Imagination Declaration. This message was read out by Sienna on August 5, 10:00am at the 2019 Garma festival.
To the Prime Minister & Education Ministers across Australia,
In 1967, we asked to be counted.
In 2017, we asked for a voice & treaty.
Today, we ask you to imagine what’s possible.
The future of this country lies in all of our hands.
We do not want to inherit a world that is in pain.
We do not want to stare down huge inequality feeling powerless to our fate.
We do not want to be unarmed as we face some of the biggest problems faced by the human race, from rising sea levels, which will lead to huge refugee challenges, to droughts and food shortages, and our own challenges around a cycle of perpetuated disadvantaged.
It’s time to think differently.
With 60,000 years of genius and imagination in our hearts and minds, we can be one of the groups of people that transform the future of life on earth, for the good of us all.
We can design the solutions that lift islands up in the face of rising seas, we can work on creative agricultural solutions that are in sync with our natural habitat, we can re-engineer schooling, we can invent new jobs and technologies, and we can unite around kindness.
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