At Glenfern mansion, St Kilda East, October 2019.
I’m open to all invitations that excite me, especially creative collaborations, as well as commissions to write, speak, teach, read, and perform.°
I have limited availability until 2022. I study full-time and work part-time, so I can’t take on too much more – especially anything with less than a four week turnaround.
I only do paid work and consultation (although I might make exceptions for First Nations community orgs, and only if I have time).
Please get in touch by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, or email mykaela dot saunders at gmail dot com.
° Amplifying Aboriginal voices is one good way to uplift our wisdom. The best way to do this is to prioritise place-based experience over pan-Indigenous perspectives. For event organisers and media, this means connecting with community people: seek out local Aboriginal spokespeople rather than blow-ins, build respectful relationships with them, and make sure their wisdom is accessible.
In this spirit, please follow this process when inviting me to speak from my cultural standpoint:
- First, consider whether you are looking for any Aboriginal voice, or my voice in particular.
- If any Aboriginal voice will do, honour the sovereignty of the people on whose lands the event will be held by offering this opportunity to any appropriate local mob.
- If it’s my particular knowledge set you’re after, or if there are no suitable local people available, consider creating a paid opportunity for a community member to speak at the event in addition to me.
- Ensure community inclusion by offering dedicated Aboriginal audience tickets to the event, and advertise this on all media releases.
I encourage all event organisers and media to commit to this process when seeking out Aboriginal voices.
© Mykaela Saunders, 2021