An Indigenous woman has thanked Australians for voting no in the Voice to Parliament referendum, which was largely rejected over the weekend.
The woman, who has long opposed the proposal, shared a video on her social media account Monday praising the community.
“Thank you, all the Australians who thought about this by dividing us by race and constitutionally enshrining us by race, a lower classification, were wrong,” she said.
“Our old method is that the crowd speaks for itself. Elderly people live on our land. That’s where the voices are,” she said.
“The crowd only speaks in the name of others when it has received the mandate to do so.”
Indigenous woman thanked Australians for voting no in Voice to Parliament referendum in viral TikTok video
The First Nations woman argued that stopping the referendum allowed her crowd to retain their independence and sovereignty.
“Thanks to the No vote, our crowd still enjoys its human autonomy and its human and cultural right to speak on behalf of its lands,” she said.
She tagged her clip “#stillsovereign”.
The woman’s video has been viewed more than 407,000 times.
Many viewers and followers in the comments agreed with her sentiment.
“I voted no and I am proud to do so. It’s not for us non-natives to speak for all of you,” one viewer said.
Another wrote: “You are very knowledgeable. I have followed you throughout this process. I think you have the potential to do a lot of good.
“Too bad Albo didn’t give these $380 million to seniors so they can distribute them when needed,” commented a third viewer.
‘THANKS!! You are an inspiration to black people and all Australians, you should be proud of your strength and ability to ignore the haters,” said another.
A fourth added: “No matter what color we are all one.”
The woman argued that stopping the Voice referendum allowed her crowd to retain their “human autonomy” and independence.
Australia has voted no to the proposed change to the constitution, with all states rejecting the proposal and only the ACT voting yes as the count continues.
The Albanian government is still dealing with the fallout from the failed Voice referendum, with the federal cabinet meeting again this week to address indigenous disadvantages.
Recent data from remote polling stations revealed that a large proportion of Australia’s indigenous populations were overwhelmingly supportive of The Voice.
This was particularly true in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Wadeye, in the north of the Northern Territory, had a 91 per cent yes vote, while the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin and which has an 87 per cent indigenous population, had support for The Voice at 84 per cent. hundred.
Palm Island, in Far North Queensland, has an Indigenous population of 91 per cent, with polling stations in the area having a 75 per cent yes vote.
Also in Queensland, Mornington Island had 78 per cent of voters supporting Voice. The indigenous population represents more than 80 percent.
Areas that had large populations of Indigenous Australians were mostly in favor of The Voice, polling booth data shows (pictured: stand in Midland, Perth)
In Broome, Western Australia, the indigenous population makes up around 30 percent. The Yes campaign received 56 percent of the vote in the region.
Three-quarters of Yuendemu’s 740 residents also supported the referendum. Some members of Ms. Price’s family live in the community.
Meanwhile, in Lingiari, the seat of the Northern Territory, which has an Indigenous population of 40 per cent, there was only a 44 per cent yes vote.
The Yes campaign had said 80 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people supported The Voice – an argument rejected by the No camp.
This claim is based on two polls conducted earlier this year.
A January Ipsos poll showed 80 percent of Indigenous people support Voice and a YouGov poll released in March had 83 percent yes support.