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Referendum Yarns

A space for all views, for young mob, by mob, about the referendum on the Voice to Parliament.


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If you have questions or want more information about Referendum Yarns, you can contact Teina Te Hemara at

What are the Referendum Yarns?

Referendum Yarns is an online workshop for young First Nations people to come together to yarn about the referendum on the Voice to Parliament in a safe, supportive space.

Referendum Yarns will be run by our First Nations Team – for mob only, by mob. The idea for these yarns came from FYA’s First Nations Governance Group (of young mob under 35) as a space that young First Nations people want and need right now.

Why join the workshop?


“There’s so much information circulating about the upcoming referendum, and a lot of it is quite hard to navigate especially with misinformation and disinformation being produced. Engaging in yarns rights now feels quite intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you are like me and don’t know the in and outs of it all. That’s why it’s important for us to have safe spaces, designed by and for young mob, to connect, learn, and share our thoughts without fear of harm or judgement.” FNGG member, Hope Kuchel.


This is a space for young mob to yarn, connect and learn together, acknowledging and holding space for different views in our communities – not a place to campaign on the vote.

Anyone who attends the workshops will: 

  • Connect with other young First Nations people, learn about the referendum on the Voice to Parliament, and about past and future First Nations resistance beyond the referendum
  • Join together in a supportive space to share your hopes, concerns and questions about the referendum with each other
  • Get tips on how to navigate the news and media during this time
  • Get tips on how to look after yourself during the referendum debate.

Available workshops

  • Tuesday 26 September 12.30 – 1.30pm AEST / 10:30 – 11:30am AWST
  • Wednesday 4 October 7 – 9pm AEDT / 4 – 6pm AWST
  • Thursday 5 October 3.30pm – 4.30pm AEDT / 12.30pm – 1.30pm AWST
  • Wednesday 11 October 1 – 2pm AEDT / 10 – 11am AWST

Is this for me?

This discussion is for Young First Nations people aged 16-35 who want to have a yarn about the referendum on the voice to parliament in a safe space. 

Frequently asked questions

Who is leading the workshops?

The workshops will be led by members of the FYA First Nations team:

  • Meriki Onus (she/her) Gunai and Gunditjmara woman, FYA Director of Programs & Movements, First Nations.
  • Rachael Hocking (she/her) Warlpiri woman, FYA Director of Our Truth Our Way, First Nations.
  • Roxy Moore (she/they) Noongar person, FYA Executive Director, First Nations.
  • Teina Te Hemara (she/her) Ngarluma/Yindjibarndi and Te Atiawa/Ngati Raukawa person, FYA Workshop Organiser, First Nations.

What inclusion and accessibility support will be provided?

We work to make all our events as accessible to as many people as possible. 

As this will be held online, this will be COVID-19 safe. During the registration process we will be asking how we can make the workshops more accessible to the participants.

Is this a free workshop?

This event is free to access. Participants will require access to a computer and the internet to be able to watch/listen to the conversation.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you’ve got questions about the yarn, you can email Teina Te Hemara at