Ahead of the referendum for the Voice to Parliament in October, Juno would like to begin by acknowledging the strength and resilience of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander peoples and that they have never ceded sovereignty of their lands and waters.
In solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations including Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Land Council, Aboriginal Housing Victoria and Djirra, Juno is supporting a Yes vote in this referendum.
We acknowledge and respect the diversity of viewpoints held by Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander peoples around the referendum and that the binary Yes or No has not provided space for the important Voices of the progressive no.
We support an Aboriginal Voice to Parliament alongside other meaningful action, including Treaty negotiations, truth-telling processes, implementing the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and funding Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations adequately to meet the service and support needs of their communities.
We hope that this is but the first step along the path to true self-determination, truth-telling and Treaty with First Nations peoples.
Juno Chief Executive Officer