Words of wisdom and strength

media release

Tiddas Yarning Circle community group from the Townsville region has worked with the community to create a much-needed resource to support conversations about family.

As part of NAIDOC Week 2020, the Garbutt Community Centre’s Tiddas Yarning Circle and Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) are excited to launch the Yarn Up cards, a resource made up of powerful statements and discussion points to support talking about family.

Aunty Florence Onus said 2020 has been a difficult year and these cards give people many positive messages to reflect on.

“The cards are filled with thoughts, reflections, advice and knowledge that anyone can identify with,” Aunty Florence said.

“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 65,000 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.”


It is anticipated that this resource will be used is schools, men’s and women’s yarning circles, community groups and workplaces to encourage people to explore their own cultural identity and recognise their family strengths.


Even the youngest Queenslanders can use the Yarn Up cards to explore what family means to them and affirm their vision for the future.


QFCC Commissioner Natalie Lewis said that drawing down on the wisdoms of our Elders will empower our children and help them thrive as they grow with a strong sense of identity, connection to culture and importance of family.


“We all need to start having conversations with our children as early as possible and as often as possible, passing down the 65,000 years’ worth of wisdom and strength that has come before us,” Ms Lewis said.


“The QFCC is proud to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led initiatives like the Yarn Up cards that foster wisdom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices.


“This is a great community-led project through a collection of statements showcasing strengths in raising children in strong culture. It's great to see programs like Families are First creating space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to lead and grow their own projects to support their communities.”

The Yarn Up cards are free to download from the QFCC website: https://www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/helping-families-communities/families-are-first/yarn-cards

For stories about the strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families visit www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/familiesarefirst


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Media contact – Queensland Family and Child Commission

Kirby Orr


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