Reconciliation Tasmania announces its inaugural YOUTH SPEAKOUT project.
Young Tasmanians will have the opportunity to have their say about reconciliation in Tasmania in the first YOUTH SPEAKOUT – a project designed for young people to present their ideas about Tasmanians coming to terms with their past and setting priorities for the future.
The topic is ” How can we achieve better reconciliation outcomes for Tasmania?”
Secondary School students aged 12-18 are invited to write a speech (750 words max), poem, create an art work, song or short video about their ideas of practical ways to tell Tasmania’s stories and recognise the heroes of the past. We want students to think positively about future projects and ideas about how to achieve better reconciliation.
Reconciliation Tasmania, using the theme “Don’t Make History A Mystery”, wants young people to know their history and use their knowledge to create new ways of working together.
Young people may like to consider ideas for Macquarie Points ‘Truth and Reconciliation Art Park’. Should we build monuments to acknowledge Aboriginal warriors like Tongerlongeter and Montpelliatta?  How should we remember the labour of 70,000 convicts conscripted by Britain when taking over Aboriginal land?
Young people are better able to consider these issues because they have grown up with access to so much more information about Tasmania’s past and can project new ways of acknowledging the contribution of long forgotten heroes and remembering the contribution of our ancestors whoever they were.
Reconciliation Tasmania will conduct three regional opportunities in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart for young people to showcase their ideas. Nine individuals will be chosen to present these at Parliament House, Hobart including, on the same day, a reception with Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania at Government House on 17 October 2018.
Further details and registration can be found at Reconciliation Tasmania’s website at http://www.rectas.com.au
Registrations and entries close on Tuesday 31 July.