The Yarn up cards

The Yarn Up cards are a collection of positive thoughts, reflections, advice and knowledge to encourage people to explore their cultural identity and recognise their family strengths.

“The statements on the Yarn Up cards are drawn from our cultural foundation. These are the reasons why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have survived for more than 60,000 years in good times and in bad. These words filled with wisdom and strength have been reinforced through Elders, families and communities for generations and have kept us strong.”

                Aunty Florence Onus -  Tiddas Yarning Circle, Garbutt Community Centre

The Yarn Up cards were developed by the Garbutt Community Centre's Tiddas Yarning Circle. They are a resource made up of powerful statements about culture, strength, identity, hope, family, obligations and responsibility.

They can be used as conversation starters to get people talking about family. The Yarn Up cards can be used in schools, men's and women's yarning circles, community groups and workplaces to encourage people to explore their cultural identity and recognise their strengths.

The QFCC is proud to have been able to support this community led initiative. It is our hope that people will continue to contribute statements so the Yarn Up cards can grown and evolve.

Yarn up card sets

A limited number of the Yarn Up card sets were printed and these have all been distributed.

You can print your own set of Yarn up cards. Scroll down to find the links.

If you would like to get sets of Yarn Up cards printed for your organisation contact the project team to request the print files. Please note this may not be cost effective if you only need one or two sets.

Yarning activities for adults and kids

Run your own yarning activity. Download the template below and get people to put their yarns on paper. You can help create more Yarn up cards. Just email your statements to the project team.

Host an activity with children where they can explore what is important about their family and how they know that they are loved. Download the activity sheet below. If parents agree send through the stories and pictures so we can share what kids have to say about what family means to them. 

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Print your own set of Yarn Up cards

Yarn up cards Hope and Information about the cards 0 (PDF, 11.92 MB)
Yarn up cards Culture 1 (PDF, 10.72 MB)
Yarn up cards Cultural obligations 0 (PDF, 7.47 MB)
Yarn up cards Family 1 (PDF, 14.7 MB)
Yarn up cards Identity 1 (PDF, 7.42 MB)
Yarn up cards Responsibility 0 (PDF, 9.61 MB)
Yarn up cards Respect 0 (PDF, 7.44 MB)
Yarn up cards Strength 0 (PDF, 16.24 MB)

Write your own yarns

Yarn up card activity sheet (PDF, 3.15 MB)

Get kids yarning about family

Yarn up card activity sheet children (PDF, 3.1 MB)