A series of yarning sessions has been a fundamental part of the project. These will continue, encouraging Indigenous Desert Alliance stakeholders, Elders, board members and emerging leaders within the IDA network to come together to advise on Country and culture, evolving the Desert Hub’s purpose and design.
Assisting with the co-design process and yarning sessions is Hassell Associate Adam Paikos-Coe.
“Through this process, we hope to create a piece of the Desert in the city, a culturally safe place where First Nations people can feel empowered to negotiate the best outcomes for their people.”
Indigenous Desert Alliance Deputy Chief Executive Officer Samantha Murray says the yarning sessions to date have been a great way to help the group feel comfortable and safe so they are engaged to ‘yarn and talk’ openly with the design team.
“As Desert people who are connected with the Indigenous Desert Alliance, we hold responsibility for our fellow Desert mob in this design process. We will think of them when it comes to what the Desert Hub will look and feel like. The fact that there are people involved from different age groups and parts of the Desert is really important to the future of IDA,” says Samantha.
“It’s great that yarning times are planned to help develop the design.”
— Samantha Murray, Indigenous Desert Alliance Chief Executive Officer
“We’ve already had a couple, and we could yarn as long as we wanted and suggest ideas in a good way without feeling rushed. Aunty Nyaparu, Andrew, Kerenza, Elijah, and myself felt comfortable yarning and talking with the design team.
It’s important that we do this the right way and that Rangers and our community mob feel comfortable in the Desert Hub. We all feel very excited by the process and how it will all look and feel at the end!”
Stay tuned. Hassell and the Indigenous Desert Alliance intend to share the entire journey and learnings from this important project.