September 5, 2023
UPDATED – 21 Sep 2023:
Our trained storytellers will be sharing their personal stories of why they are voting Yes at these upcoming events:
- Wed 27th September in Joondalup at 6pm. Learn more and RSVP here.
- Tue 3rd October in Mirrabooka at 6pm. Learn more and RSVP here.
The final stories will be recorded at the events and shared via our website here. Stay tuned for the release of these stories by following us on social media or returning to our website:
ORIGINAL WORKSHOP CALL-OUT
Are you passionate about supporting the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament? Do you identify as First Nations or culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD)?
Hear Our Voices is a once-in-a-lifetime storytelling opportunity for people from diverse Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and CaLD communities in Boorloo/Perth to share your true, real-life stories behind why you will be voting YES in the upcoming referendum on Voice to Parliament. The proposed date for the referendum is October 14th and every story might help to possibly sway an undecided voter – so let’s make history together!
Centre for Stories is excited to offer two FREE storytelling workshops in the lead-up to the referendum that bring diverse migrants and First Nations people together, to yarn sovereignty, self-determination, and equity. We are bringing these two groups together to engage broader and more diverse audiences in the referendum campaign. All stories will be translated into languages such as Hindi, Malay, Mandarin and Tagalog and shared widely.
By the end of our workshops, each participant will have crafted an impactful short story that you will be then offered the chance to share publicly with your fellow participants: either at upcoming in-person events or online. If you do choose to share your story, you will be paid an honorarium fee. Check out an example of a previous story we workshopped here.
Our workshops will be facilitated by First Nations storytellers only. The workshops are scheduled for:
- Sat 16 September 3pm – 8pm (with a one hour dinner break in the middle, catering provided)
- Sat 23 September 9am – 2pm (with a one hour lunch break in the middle, catering provided)
Register your interest below to attend one or both of these FREE workshops and learn the fundamentals of storytelling skills; improve your public speaking and confidence; bond with other passionate Yes voters; and let your voice be heard in one of the most historic moments in Australian history.
We are looking for stories about what self-determination looks like and why it works, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strengths, creativity and resilience in the face of discrimination and disadvantage, and speaking up to fight inequality. We want to know why you are voting Yes. If you are from a migrant or culturally diverse background, and not sure what you will contribute – don’t worry! As long as you are planning on voting yes, we want to hear from you.
With your consent, your stories may be shared live at events prior to the referendum, recorded and shared via Centre for Stories communications, and through local radio and other partner organisations. Now is your time to be heard.
Places are limited so that the workshops can be intimate and allow space for one-on-one story development. For this reason, participants will be selected by Centre for Stories after we have assessed your registration form. Please submit below.
Hear Our Voices was generously funded through the 2023 Rapid Response Referendum Grant Round from the Australia Communities Foundation.
Expressions of Interest submissions closed on SEPTEMBER 15th, 11:59PM AWST.
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