Yarning circles are used by the first nation peoples of Australia, and similar circles are used across indigenous cultures worldwide, as a way of respectfully and sensitively engaging with various viewpoints and building a shared understanding of how different perspectives affect and build the autonomy of knowledge both individually and communally.
Respect for difference is an obligation.
Participants speak only when it is their turn. If someone says something that creates a question, the person with a question waits until it is their turn to speak; the person answering the question must also wait until it is their turn before speaking.
Interrupting another person is not an option.
Yarning circles are inclusive spaces to share stories and knowledge without fear of judgement, creating an opportunity to develop our cultural capacity to listen to and engage respectfully, insightfully and sensitively with indigenous law/lore, teachings, stories and art. Yarning circles encourage us to recognise indigenous perspectives and to develop our personal and collective understandings of the Sovereignty of Indigenous Knowledge and to build our awareness of and respect for place, for country and for its custodians.
In this spirit we again ask, that while participating in this event, we all agree to respectful interactions, to show respect for difference, to acknowledge the wisdom of others and to offer our own wisdom appropriately in turn.
We have adopted the practice that all participants acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging, and introduce themselves before speaking in a circle by giving their name, naming the place of their birth and the country they live on, i.e. Bundjalung, Arrernte, etc. and we will continue to honour this.