An original signator of the Uluru Statement is not taking no for an answer.
Thomas Mayor has collected thousands of additional signatures on his road trip across Australia.
“We have canvases filled with people’s signatures, and the signatures are only from people who have seen the original Uluru Statement that I am travelling with,” Mr Thomas said.
At the hugely popular Barunga Festival over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Mr Thomas, branch secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, collected hundreds more signatures from attendees.
Kitty Storer from the Daly Region was among those lining up to get a photo with the statement and add their name to the cause.
“This statement acknowledges that we were the first Australians, that is why it is important to me,” she said.
“We are not angry we are just making our voice stronger.
“Before, we had a system that worked, medicine if you got sick… all year round we’d have season for particular foods.
“We want recognition,” she said.
In 2017 over 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders met at the foot of Uluru calling for the establishment of a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution and a Makarrata Commission.
However, the Federal Government rejected the statement.
The grassroots movement is strong, Mr Thomas said.
“I’ll keep going until we see constitutional reform,” he said.