At Youth Projects, we firmly believe in the principles of social justice, integrity, inclusion and courage. As an organisation dedicated to empowering marginalised communities, we recognise the importance of self-determination and the need to amplify the voices of those who have been historically marginalised, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

We proudly stand in solidarity with our First Nations clients, employees, and community, recognising the rich cultural heritage and invaluable contributions they bring to our society. We acknowledge that the ongoing struggles faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people demand action and commitment from all sectors of society. 

Through a rigorous and respectful consultation with our clients and employees, Youth Projects has established an informed, organisational position on the Voice to Parliament that not only reflects the real voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples accessing our services and our staff, but so too demonstrates our ongoing commitment to reconciliation. 

Youth Projects firmly supports the establishment of a First Nations Voice to Parliament, acknowledging the voice as a critical step towards achieving genuine self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a vital means of addressing the historical injustices they have endured. 

The Voice to Parliament represents a significant milestone in pursuing social equality and justice. Providing a platform for First Nations voices to be enshrined in our constitution, heard, and valued enables the expression of our First Nations people's unique perspectives, knowledge, and experiences. This recognition is essential to fostering a more inclusive, equitable, and cohesive society. 

We understand that establishing a Voice to Parliament is not an isolated goal, but an integral step forward within a broader journey. We recognise it as the first step towards achieving a comprehensive approach that includes the realisation of treaty and truth-telling. By acknowledging the need for a treaty and engaging in truth-telling, we commit ourselves to confronting historical truths, acknowledging the injustices of the past, and forging a path towards genuine reconciliation.  

We believe that a society built on justice, equality, and respect for the First Nations peoples is a society that benefits all. As an organisation, we are dedicated to working hand in hand with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities, amplifying their voices, and supporting their aspirations for self-determination and equality.  

In embracing this journey, we invite all individuals, organisations, and institutions to join us in walking together towards a future where the rights, cultures, and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are acknowledged, respected, and celebrated.