65,000 YEARS STRONG
To those who supported the journey
for a First Nations Voice and recognition,
We appreciate and value your loyalty
while Australia wrestled with this historic decision.
'Yes' was the outcome we fought for,
hoping truth and equality would suffice.
But Australia's majority wrote 'No'
Based on fear of a committee that was only advice.
We know we will make it and go forward from here,
we have already been fighting for so long.
We are united and wiser than ever before,
we are 65,000 years strong.
Written by Joanne Dwyer (Gunditjmara)
Rondelle Williams (Taungurung, Yorta Yorta & Wiradjuri) & Joanne Dwyer (Gunditjmara)
Featuring Natashia Ellis-Corrigan (Jinibara & Bundjalung), Peter Walker (Yorta Yorta), Sianna Catullo (Narungga), Prue Stewart (Taungurung), Paul Stewart (Taungurung), Laura Thompson (Gunditjmara) & Lirrah Rotumah (Gunditjmara & Bunitj)
Creative Director & Producer - Laura Thompson Director - Greg McCann & Yianni Rowlands Executive Producer – Joanne Dwyer, Sianna Catullo, Jason Byrne & Kate Kennedy Editor – Greg McCann & Yianni Rowlands Production Manager -Sianna Catullo Production Assistant - Sarah Sheridan & Jack Davies
Project Sponsors: Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, First Peoples Assembly, First Peoples Health and Wellbeing, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce & Bank Australia
Special thanks to:
Aborigines Advancement League & Thornbury Primary School