Blue Mountains Food Co-op supports the Uluru Statement and a constitutionally enshrined First Nations voice.
“We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.
This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. This link is the basis of the ownership of the soil, or better, of sovereignty. It has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.
How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?
With substantive constitutional change and structural reform, we believe this ancient sovereignty can shine through as a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.
Proportionally, we are the most incarcerated people on the planet. We are not an innately criminal people. Our children are aliened from their families at unprecedented rates. This cannot be because we have no love for them. And our youth languish in detention in obscene numbers. They should be our hope for the future.
These dimensions of our crisis tell plainly the structural nature of our problem. This is the torment of our powerlessness.
We seek constitutional reforms to empower our people and take a rightful place in our own country. When we have power over our destiny our children will flourish. They will walk in two worlds and their culture will be a gift to their country.
We call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution.
Makarrata is the culmination of our agenda: the coming together after a struggle. It captures our aspirations for a fair and truthful relationship with the people of Australia and a better future for our children based on justice and self-determination.
We seek a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.
In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard. We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.”
Listen, read, learn, join in solidarity and speak out.
Voice. Treaty. Truth.
Local naturopath and Yoga teacher, Sonya Byron, is celebrating her move to a beautiful new clinic space with a special offer for Co-op members – a 20% discount on Initial Naturopathic Consultations.
Sonya is now available at Lower Mountains Health & Healing (Ally Sanchez’ Alternative Healing Centre in Blaxland) on Saturdays, and online or by phone on Fridays and Saturdays for those who prefer a consultation from the comfort of their home.
Sonya offers herbal, naturopathic and nutritional health care consultations, and personal nutrition planning (including meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and more), as well as private therapeutic Yoga sessions, providing natural support for a broad range of health symptoms and conditions.
So whether you’re feeling healthy and vibrant already and want strategies to stay that way, you’re struggling with a chronic or complex health challenge, or you’re somewhere in between, she would love to support you on your journey to better health.
To ensure natural health care is accessible to all within her local community Sonya offers a popular Community Clinic with free/sliding scale consultations for those on a low income and substantial discounts for Commonwealth concession card holders. If you’re a resident of the Blue Mountains LGA, you’ve lost work since the bushfires/COVID-19 or you’re otherwise on a low income and naturopathic health care is beyond your budget, simply choose the “Community Clinic” option on booking your appointment.