Aunty Vickey is a Alawa/Mara woman from the NT who grew up largely in Adelaide. She is incredibly warm, welcoming and instantly creates spaces of welcome for those she works with. She gives wonderful hugs and is a masterful storyteller.
Alazne is an industrial engineer and academic by training, and hails from the Basque Country. She is passionate about social justice and creating space for everyone’s voice. She has been a keen student of Aunty Vickey’s and has learnt a huge amount from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities she’s worked alongside.
Here are Aunty Vickey and Alazne’s tips for creating safe and brave spaces when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples:
- Have and display Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags
- Use yarning circle mats for discussions (such as these)
- Have and refer to your organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan statement
- Have and display the Indigenous Map of Australia
- Always acknowledge the lands that we meet on
- Have more than one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person in the room. It’s very challenging to raise your voice when you are the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person in the room.
Aunty Vickey and Alazne would like to state that this knowledge has been heard and learnt in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities we have worked with.