31 August 2023
Today, members of the Architecture + Design Reconciliation Industry Network Group affirm our support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for the establishment of a First Nations voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution.
We represent a broad group of architecture and design practices, each with endorsed Reconciliation Action Plans that formalise our commitment to advancing reconciliation in Australia.
We believe the Voice is a simple, sensible, and positive step in the process of righting the wrongs of the past and building a more equitable Australia.
We shape spaces and places on Country across Australia. As a design community, we have begun a process of better connecting with Country – through close engagement and participatory processes led by First Nations communities. We have witnessed the positive impacts of engaging directly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people whose wisdom, generosity, and world-view enrich our work and the built environment.
We respect the principle of self-determination. We're committed to working towards greater equity and prosperity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We call on other industries, businesses and organisations to join us – to stand up, speak up, and support an incredibly important moment in Australia’s history.
We urge all Australians to learn more about the Uluru Statement and make an informed decision in the Referendum.
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN RECONCILIATION INDUSTRY NETWORK GROUP, OPEN LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR THE VOICE, 2023