Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the First Nations who have lived on the continent we now call Australia for up to 75 thousand years. In 2017 Indigenous people from all over Australia met at Uluru for a special meeting and wrote the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It’s a call for all Australians to embrace our First Nations people and finally listen to their call to be heard, and for their human rights to be respected.
Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man who carried the statement to First Nations communities around Australia. Now he’s written a book for children about this journey, it’s called Finding Our Heart.
Producer Cinnamon Nippard spoke to him about the Statement, how it came into being and what it would mean for the Statement to be enshrined in our constitution.