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 extremely limited availability until September 2021. 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 prioritise paid work and consultation (although I might make exceptions for community and mob orgs).
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