18 October, 2016Our Office’s experience talking with Aboriginal children and young people was confirmed in a consultation with young people earlier this year. They told us that the same messages and artwork that appeal to other young people may not connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
‘ hand drawn images – they are made by heart, computer generated images are made by nothing’
Aboriginal young person at the
Tandanya consultation in January 2016
Charter of Rights coordinator Nicole Pilkington said, ‘We wanted to create something that Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander young people, all Aboriginal people, would not only read but would be happy to have on their walls.
‘We were fortunate to connect with Ramindjeri/Ngarrindjeri artist Teresa Walker.
‘Teresa’s work has strong cultural influences and also has a modern vibrancy and energy that makes it stand out.
‘The messages about the rights of children and young people in care will be essentially the same but tailored to the culture and aesthetics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.’
Teresa’s work will form the basis of a large poster that talks about four main rights that will also be available in smaller sizes. She will be working closely with designers Sue and Chris from SD Design who produced the new booklets and posters for the 2016 re-launch of the Charter of Rights.
The posters will be published in October and will be available to agencies that have endorsed the Charter of Rights via the Guardian’s materials ordering page.
This story was first published in the Guardian’s August 2016 Newsletter.
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