The Dialogues are a series of meetings of Indigenous Australians, which will be held around the country. Their purpose is to reach broad agreement on whether and, if so, how, to ‘recognise’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. The Dialogues also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the main options for recognition, understand what they mean, combine or modify existing options and rank options in order of priority.
Attendance to the Dialogues is by invitation only. This is to ensure that each Dialogue is a deliberative decision-making process and reaches consensus on the relevant issues. Meetings are capped at 100 participants: 60% of places are reserved for First Nations/traditional owner groups, 20% for community organisations and 20% for key individuals. The Council is working in partnership with a host organisation at each location, to ensure the local community is appropriately represented, including a reasonable spread across age and gender demographics.
The priorities from each of the First Nations Dialogues will be reported to a First Nations Convention at Uluru on May 24-26, where final decisions will be made. There will be ten delegates to this Convention from each of the regional Dialogues.
All Australians can also have their say by reading and responding to the Council’s Discussion Paper, sharing their thoughts using #GetTheFullPicture on Facebook or Twitter, and getting all the facts about constitutional recognition and joining the conversation on this website.