Saturday’s referendum result was not the result we hoped for, but we respect the decision of the Australian people.

While we are disappointed by the outcome, we recognise the strength and resilience of First Nations communities across the country, and are grateful for the courage and generosity of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and leaders we have been privileged to work alongside.

Thank you to everyone in our multicultural communities who walked with us in support of change.

The fight for truth, reconciliation and justice does not end here.

ECCV remains committed to strengthening unity and dialogue between First Nations communities and multicultural communities. We will continue to work with First Nations communities and all political parties to ensure better outcomes for Indigenous people, and a fairer, more inclusive Australia.