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Finding the Heart of the Nation - The Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth

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'On 26 May 2017, a historic moment at Uluru gave this country hope. Those custodians came together, reached into their own hearts, and gifted us with a roadmap to find the heart of the nation - The Uluru Statement from the Heart. When you read this book, you will be feeling the pulse of this beautiful country, Australia. Finding the Heart of the Nation is a book full of st ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Hardie Grant
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Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’d seen this book and it’s accompanying title for younger readers over on @Blackfulla_Bookclub, and popped it on my TBR instantly!

It covers so much ground to bring readers up to speed with the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart, as well as the journey Thomas Mayor took around the country promoting its vision of a better future for Indigenous Australians. It is brimming with photographs of people and events and the Statement itself that went on a trip to communities all over the country with T
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Louise
Apr 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I found this book wonderful to read. Thomas interviews many people who are active within their indigenous communities. There stories are often heartbreaking and their strength comes through. It would be lovely to think many many would read this and gain an understanding about the Uluru statement and about the sorts of situations many indigenous people have had to deal with.
Lots of wonderful photos and the artwork by Shayla Mayor is beautiful. Thanks Thomas.
Ashley Salta
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely incredible! Thomas Mayor tells the stories of inspiring Indigenous leaders throughout the country with passion and dedication. Every member of government should read this book and join the campaign to have First Nations people recognised constitutionally. It's time Australia. ...more
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very important book that should become part of school curriculum and recommended reading.
Jenny Esots
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life has many convergences, when places, events and people coincide.
This year I attended the Adelaide Writers' Week (which I go to every year without fail) and listened to a discussion by author Thomas Mayor.
He spoke and writes eloquently from his heart about recognition and rights for the indigenous.
I have been looking at his book ‘Finding the Heart of a Nation’ which is not only meaningful but a beautifully produced volume.
One of the key concepts of the Uluru Statement of the Heart spoken is M
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Megan
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a Judge for the 2020 Indie Book Awards. The review submitted as part of this process is below. A word limit was adhered to.

In Finding the Heart of the Nation, Mayor's mission is to promote the Uluru Statement from the Heart. This statement, formed in 2017, calls for a First Nations voice to be enshrined in the constitution of Australia. Mayor travels around the country to interview people from different communities about what the statement means to them. Throughout all the stories is an u
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Jenny Kirkby
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great overview of the Uluru Statement, how it came about and what it hopes to achieve. Through a series of interviews with some of the individuals involved in the creation of the statement the reader learns a bit about Indigenous culture, about the what the Indigenous experience as Australians has been and is, and their hopes for the future. Makarrata - Voice, Treaty and Truth - will hopefully become words and concepts familiar to all Australians.
Jreade
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
One of the most wonderful and inspiring books I have ever read. Thomas’s ability to captivate his audience with his words and the powerful stories he shares of these incredible people. I hope this isn’t the last of it.
Thank you Thomas!
Carmel
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Please read this book 🙏🏼
Tania
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read it NOW.
Olwen
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Don't miss the chance to read this book about the development of the Uluru Statement - it's amazing, and I think the author will be someone to watch. ...more
Matias Kewe
Thomas Mayor, inspiring man. Important message, journey.

I don't get through all the community stories, wishing this movement all the best with getting recognition of voice.
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Alastair Lawrie
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thomas Mayor skilfully presents the diverse stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people articulating what the Uluru Statement from the Heart means to them.
Through these accounts, he explains why each element - Voice, Treaty and Truth - is important, both individually and as a carefully crafted package of reform.
As a non-Indigenous Australian this book is a gift, to learn directly from First Nations people sharing their personal experiences (something too many of us grew up without),
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Naomi Arnold
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I book full of powerful voices and stories, beautiful images and artwork, and passionate messages and calls for change.
Deb Barnes
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thomas leads the reader to understand the importance of constutional reform, by giving a voice to many admirable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to share their stories. The message is simple but inspiring and important.
Rebecca Lang
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written book by Thomas. I wasn’t sure how I was going to go reading all the interviews, but each and every one drew me in and made me understand and appreciate so much more the of the First Nations people. Thank you all for sharing your stories.
James
Feb 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
It’s no exaggeration to say this is one of the most disappointing books I’ve ever read. The overall message message is obviously great (otherwise I wouldn’t be here), but hard to find anything else positive. Just badly written and dull (which is quite a feat given the subject matter!) Also, I know he’s a unionist, and that the author is very much a part of the story, but I got pretty tired early on with the ‘glory to the union movement’ messages. For those not sympathetic to those groups, it’s e ...more
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Thomas Mayor is a Torres Strait Islander man born on Larrakia country in Darwin. As an Islander growing up on the mainland, he learned to hunt traditional foods with his father and to island dance from the Darwin community of Torres Strait Islanders. In high school, Thomas’s English teacher suggested he should become a writer. He didn’t think then that he would become one of the first ever Torres ...more

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