Our's is a story of collaboration through events and workshops with schools, universities, communities, organisations, festivals and individuals, to enact a vision of a more unifed and inclusive Australia.
It begins in 2007 at The Armidale School where Warren Roberts had been a student. Warren established an Aboriginal Cultural Program at the school providing students with the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history. The Program was also discussed at the Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) in Armidale, as Warren met with their prefects to initiate a conversation there.
Later that year YARN was officially founded at the University of New South Wales with the goal of uniting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians through workshops and events held within safe and respectful spaces. Initially these spaces were focused in universities, but they have since expanded throughout the community, and across the continent.
The pictures, interviews, and videos below are a small glimpse of our journey thus far...
“To yarn is not simply to have an idle conversation, to yarn is to do something a bit deeper than that and to tell a long story and a long story which often lies imprinted in someone’s mind and their memory. I think you’ve captured therefore the spirit of your organisation well in the word you have chosen to describe it”
Former Prime Minister of Australia The Hon. Kevin Rudd YARN Patron
2017 AUGUST 25TH Above Photo's are from YARN Australia's Schools Program Culture Workshop at Northern Beaches Christians School (NBCS) attended by YARN CEO & Founder Warren Roberts & YARN Australia Cultural Adviser Uncle Graham Mooney. Organised by NBCS Student Taih Shaw.
2017 25th October YARN Australia Narrm (Melbourne) Launch of our Community Events in Victoria.
25 FEBRUARY 2018
YARN Australia & Merring Studio present a Narrm (Melbourne) Showcase to engage the community in our vision to build connection and unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Non-Indigenous Australians.
Join us for a special evening of conversation, story telling, food, music and an exhibition from local First Nations artists. This will be a safe and respectful space where people can share stories and celebrate their culture.
Exhibiting artists: Pitcha Makin Fellas and Hayley Millar-Baker
25th July 2018
NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and our nation. On Wednesday 25th July 2018, YARN Australia will celebrate the stories of the Quinlan Sisters Elva Taylor and Pat Dixon.
Elva Taylor was a strong Aboriginal community organiser passionate about community, health and youth development, who advocated for Aboriginal community controlled organisations and to build the capacity of the community to access culturally appropriate services.
Pat Dixon was the first Aboriginal woman elected to local government in NSW, holding the positions of Deputy Mayor of Armidale City Council; Aboriginal Policy Officer with the Department of Local Government and Corporate Services; and Member of the Australian Local Government Association.
"My grandmother Elva Taylor played a significant role in my life, raising me to understand why having a good education is important; to never forget where I came from; to be proud of who I am; and to stand tall. Through her encouragement, support, and guidance I am able to be confident, passionate and empathetic in achieving my goals and aspirations. Also, having worked in local government I can reflect on my experience and note the achievements of my grandmother's sister Pat Dixon in ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices were heard at a local level on issues our communities cared about by having a seat at the decision makers table. Both women have achieved much for us, and it is through their hard work and determination that ‘we can’.” Warren Roberts YARN Australia CEO & Founder
Come along to hear the family and friends of these two sisters share their stories that provide an insight into their passions and what gave them the drive to better the outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
26th August 2018
YARN Australia & Merring Studio present a Narrm (Melbourne) Showcase to engage the community in our vision to create connection between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.
Join us for a special afternoon of conversation, storytelling, food, music and an exhibition from First Nations artists