Being trauma-aware and healing informed looks like taking every opportunity to ground ourselves with knowledge and understanding, rather than fear and confusion. Below are our go-to resources that provide considered analysis of the Uluru Statement, and the First Nations Voice to Parliament.
THF Board Director and Chair of the Stolen Generations Reference Group wrote about his views in a piece here:
Ian’s piece, https://www.writing.org.au/wp-site/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Ian-Hamm.pdf. He also spoke to these views at the 15th Anniversary of the Apology in February this year: https://healingfoundation.org.au/make-healing-happen-2023/
PWC Indigenous Consulting produced an explainer and analysis of the Voice architecture here: https://www.pwc.com.au/indigenous-consulting/PIC-who-is-speaking-who-is-listening-voice-architecture-feb2023.pdf
ANU explores concerns and unpacks the most critical opportunities of the Voice here: https://www.anu.edu.au/files/corporate_message/FNP%20Voice%20Paper%20-%20Responses%20to%20Common%20Concerns_First%20Nations%20Portfolio%20ANU_2.pdf
The National Indigenous Australian’s Agency (NIAA) has a range of resources at its voice.gov.au website, and our first stops are the info booklet: https://voice.gov.au/sites/default/files/resource/download/information-booklet.pdfVoice and the agreed Principles: https://voice.gov.au/about-voice/voice-principles
For a closer look at some of the misconceptions and myths of the media, take a look at the Monash University’s Lens which helps sort facts from fiction: https://lens.monash.edu/@politics-society/2023/02/27/1385518/voice-to-parliament-debunking-10-myths-and-misconceptions
We are proudly survivor-led in our positions and approaches to healing opportunities. We also understand the need for community self-care. Before a referendum was on the cards, THF supported the full implementation of the Uluru Statement, Report and Recommendations.
THF’s media release: https://healingfoundation.org.au/2021/01/18/the-healing-foundation-strongly-supports-the-uluru-statement-from-the-heart/
We’ve joined with Gaaya Dhuwi and 13Yarn to gather resources that look help us look after ourselves and each other. THF self-care resources: https://healingfoundation.org.au/community-self-care-resources/