Artwork by Amy Thurling,The Cottage School, Grade 6, Youth Speak Out 2021.
Youth Speak Out
Our annual event celebrating the next generations views on Aboriginal affairs
Students from Year 5 – Year 12 can enter art, multimedia, speeches, letters, poems or whole class projects expressing their views about reconciliation. Each year the theme follows the National Reconciliation Week (NRW) theme. Selected students are invited to Parliament and Government House to meet and present their work to the Premier, Ministers and the Governor.
The deadline is mid-October with presentations in early November in Hobart.
This year’s theme encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise. Young people across lutruwita/Trouwunna (Tasmania) can do this by entering Youth Speak Out.
2022’s theme was Be Brave. Make Change. It was a call to action. We are seeing more people speaking up, speaking the truth, asking the hard questions, seeing the hard facts, and informing themselves about issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Our Youth Speak Out initiative was suggested by Margaret Reynolds, herself a former Federal Minister, to give students a voice or a space to express their thoughts and ideas around Reconciliation.
Students are invited to Hobart to present their pieces, meet the Premier and ministers and the Governor at Parliament and Government Houses, respectively.
This day takes place late in Term 3 when the Parliament is in session and students are able to view actions that make up our democratic process.
What will you do?
This year Reconciliation Tasmania will select an individual piece of artwork to feature on our annual report, website, and advertising materials.
Entries close October 16.
Presentation date: November 2. Lunch and afternoon tea provided.
Reconciliation Tasmania acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.