Yarn Up is a forum specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers in community legal centres and is held on the Monday of the Quarterly event week. For further information about Yarn Up, contact Zachary Armytage, Aboriginal Legal Access Program Coordinator email@example.com.
Upcoming Yarn Up events:
- Monday 6th March (hybrid: in-person at Gilbert+Tobin & online via zoom)
- Monday 22nd or 29th May (online) - to be confirmed
- Monday 11th September (in-person) - to be confirmed
- Monday 20th November (online) - to be confirmed
Big Yarn Up
In June 2022, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working at community legal centres across New South Wales gathered for 2 days on Gumbaynggirr Country in Coffs Harbour for Big Yarn Up.
This significant gathering was the first of its kind. It was designed by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who work in the community legal sector.
Big Yarn was recuperative and collaborative event that focused on cultural self-care, developing principles for First Nations employment, and connecting with communities across the state. The program focused on:
- Developing principles to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment in the community legal sector.
- Cultural self-care and vicarious trauma.
- Social and legal issues: policy and practice that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Yarning about experiences in a culturally-safe environment and connecting with the community.
The referendum for me, was a chance to be counted. To be seen as real people in this country that our ancestors have cared for, for thousands of years. A country we, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, BELONG to.
After careful consideration, and talking to the Community Legal Centres NSW Aboriginal Advisory Group and our other First Nation colleagues, Community Legal Centres NSW supports the Yes campaign on the Voice to Parliament.
Community legal centre outreach programs provide a vital service for remote areas but resourcing problems mean they could vanish any time.
Hear from the Barang Regional Alliance about voting 'yes' to the Voice, watch video clips produced by Barang, and join an open yarn on the Voice.