Yarn Strong Sista

Yarn Strong Sista (YSS) is a National Indigenous Education Consultancy based in Melbourne’s Western suburbs. The Indigenous-run business specialises in providing authentic Aboriginal Training and Educational resources particularly focusing on Aboriginal Pedagogy. YSS aims to educate and empower both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in understanding Australia’s history and ways to weave Aboriginal Pedagogies within Early Childhood Education.

Our Aboriginal Education Consultants have a diverse range of qualifications and experiences including, Early Childhood Education, Aboriginal Cultural Knowledges, and training in the Arts

SUPPORTING OTHER FIRST NATIONS BUSINESSES: Fair Trade, Ethical Resourcing, Anti-Bias
Over the years, Yarn Strong Sista have built a solid reputation as one of the few Indigenous businesses working in the Early Childhood industry and have therefore created quite a large platform for ourselves. We utilise this platform to build the economics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses by purchasing, promoting and selling ethical and authentic resources. Yaringa Designs, The Koorie Circle and Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation are some of the First Nations-run businesses whose products we stock on our website. We also promote and sell books written and illustrated by Indigenous writers and artists. Our focus this year is to develop resources in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and art groups, with the intention of promoting them to the international tourist industry – creating reliable and authentic products in hopes to eliminate the appropriation of our art and culture in this industry.

RELATIONSHIP WITH SUPPLIERS
At Yarn Strong Sista we are inspired by Indigenous values and embed these into every element of the business. A core value of ours is to look after people and to look after the land. Our felt toy collections are made by Indigenous Nepalese women. The Indigenous people of Nepal have been felting for over 1000 years and this is one of their traditional handicrafts. Sourcing our materials through Fairtrade organisations means that we are doing our part in looking after the people who work hard to produce resources for us that meet our standards of quality. It is an ethical choice that we make to ensure the safety of these workers. It is extremely important to us that we use Fairtrade products and operate in sustainable and ethical ways as it reduces harm and adheres to an Indigenous way of living. I visited Nepal for the first time in 2013, and have created strong, meaningful relationships with the women who work hard to hand-craft our resources.


LET’S GET YOUR PROJECT GOING

Yarn Strong Sista is located in Westmeadows, Melbourne, VIC. Our space includes offices and a shop/studio. Come at visit us in store where you can view all of our resources and have a yarn over a cuppa with one of our enthusiastic YSS team members. View our extensive range of Aboriginal Education resources and gift ideas. Be inspired by the small play spaces we have created. Our team can answer your questions about Aboriginal curriculum and give you ideas on how you can embed Aboriginal Pedagogy in your ECE service or Primary classroom. You can also spend time being creative in our art space while learning more about Aboriginal Culture.

Yarn Strong Sista also runs workshops and training from our Studio. Keep an eye on our Facebook page where we post links to our upcoming events. If you would like to book an event at our studio you can send an email to Sharon, our bookings and events coordinator, at sharon@yarnstrongsista.com.
If you are from interstate, we are close to Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine!