Towards Truth

Related Project: Indigenous Justice

September 23, 2019

Towards Truth is a collaborative project to provide practical, foundational support for the truth-telling process called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The initiative is a partnership between PIAC and the Indigenous Law Centre (ILC) at the University of New South Wales. It will leverage PIAC’s technical and legal expertise and extensive pro bono network to support the work of the ILC, which undertook the research that underpins the Uluru Statement.

Toward Truth responds directly to the invitation issued by the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people “in a movement of the Australian people for a better future”. Towards Truth will endeavour to do this by:

Building a truth-telling map

Mapping the different forms of truth-telling that have taken place in communities across Australia and compiling them into a searchable, publicly accessible database by location, time, subject-matter and form.

Tracking laws that have affected First Nations people

Developing a publicly accessible database that allows searching across States and Territories to understand what laws and policies were in place affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at any particular period, which might start with specific subject matter such as child removal or stolen wages.

Towards Truth is a longer-term project with an initial twelve-month pilot phase.

For further information contact Daniela Gavshon dgavshon@piac.asn.au.

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