A vital step in moving forward towards reconciliation is to ensure all Australians know about Australia’s shared history, Australia’s First Peoples and the world’s oldest surviving culture.
Yarn is a youth-to-youth program that facilitates an understanding of cultural identity, shared history and reconciliation.
Yarn is exactly that - a yarn! A safe space to have courageous conversations about race, racism and reconciliation. Through open discussion and interactive learning, Yarn works to eliminate ignorance and challenge some of the inherited attitudes and biases that prevent reconciliation from moving forward.
Yarn makes our schools and communities more inclusive by building respect for Aboriginal cultures and peoples and fostering young leaders who are culturally responsive.
What people are saying about yarn:
In a survey taken of students who participated in a Yarn on December 6, 2016,
- 91% were more likely to speak up if they hear racist jokes or comments
- 89% had a better understanding of the way their cultural identity influences their perceptions of others
- 97% became more confident in their knowledge of Aboriginal peoples' histories in Australia
- 83% could more confidently offer an Acknowledgment of Country
- 82% had a better understanding of how they could be involved in reconciliation
- 90% felt more comfortable discussing issues facing Aboriginal people and communities
Yarn workshops involve a series of interactive and self-reflective activities and discussions designed to allow participants to think critically and openly explore Australia’s history in a safe environment. Over a number of weeks, participants can engage in the challenging and sometimes controversial conversations we need to have as a nation, and form their own views on the issues that face us in reconciliation.