A statement on the Voice Scarf Community Organisation wishes to make the following statement in relation to the forthcoming referendum on constitutional recognition of Australian First Peoples by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. . Scarf says a wholehearted ‘Yes' to recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution through a Voice. Our board and staff believe it's an important step which acknowledges our past and creates a path forward. Over 80% of Indigenous people support a Voice to parliament and we stand with them. Scarf is committed to listening to feedback and ideas of our participants through surveys and interviews, and we do our best to respectfully centre trainee and graduate voices in the organisation's communications. . It is our strong belief that advisory groups are important... and they work! . We've successfully implemented countless insightful and practical ideas from Scarf's graduate cohort, in particular following our 2018 Graduate Focus Group and more recently, through our ongoing Graduate Voice group, who help to ensure Scarf remains culturally-safe, supportive and as valuable as possible for all participants. For over 13 years we have worked with marginalised people who've had to show enormous resilience in the face of discrimination. We truly hope for an Australia where all people - those from refugee, migrant and asylum seeker backgrounds, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders - are welcome to participate in all aspects of society without any barriers. . Voting 'Yes' ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a voice in decisions that affect their communities. . We recognise that this referendum is the result of decades of conversations and development by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who have jointly called for recognition in the Australian Constitution through the Uluru Statement from the Heart, a statement that Scarf fully supports. We encourage all members of the Scarf Community to inform themselves ahead of the referendum and understand the opportunity that the Voice provides to make a difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information about the Voice, we strongly encourage you to visit: voice.gov.au yes23.com.au togetheryes.com.au . Scarf respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners of the land where we work and meet, the Boon wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.