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MAKING A NUTHER-MOOYOOP (SUBMISSION)

We encourage all First Peoples to participate in Yoorrook’s work. All ways of telling your truth are of equal importance. All contribute to Yoorrook’s work.

Yoorrook will begin by hearing from Elders first. Yoorrook is grounded in and will be guided by the cultural authority of our Elders, who have long advocated for truth-telling. Therefore, we are starting our truth telling by listening to them and hearing their experiences.

Nuther-mooyoop (submissions) from Elders opened on 26 April 2022. Yoorrook will invite other First Peoples to tell their truth in the second half of 2022. The broader Victorian community will be invited to participate at a later date.

An initial group of Elders will also provide their truth at wurrek tyerrang (public hearings). The first block of wurrek tyerrang commenced on 26 April 2022. 

You can tell your truth in the best way for you, including:

  • Making a nuther-mooyoop (submission). This can be in any form, such as writing, an audio or video recording, or through a truth-telling object such as an artwork, cultural artefact, or photo. You can make a nuther-mooyoop as an individual, family, community or Traditional Owner group. You can find out more information about making a nuther-mooyoop further down this page.

  • Joining a truth-telling forum, such as a yarning circle or workshop, round table, cultural site and community visits or cultural activity. Yoorrook will advertise these forums as its work progresses.

  • Being a witness in a wurrek tyerrang (public hearing). Witnesses will be invited by Yoorrook based on their direct experiences and perspectives on matters within Yoorrook’s Terms of Reference and preparedness and readiness to engage in truth-telling in a public setting. Broad representation across families, communities, regions, gender and other characteristics will also be taken into account. You can express your interest at appearing at a wurrek tyerrang by filling in the form at the bottom of this page. 

You can express anything you like about your (or your family and community’s) past or current experiences of systemic injustice. You can make your nuther-mooyoop as an individual or as a group.

Nuther-mooyoop can take any form you choose. It can be:

  • a written account
  • a photo
  • a video or audio recording
  • a story or poem
  • a recording of a dance or song
  • a submission or letter you sent to a complaints body, other agency or previous inquiry
  • a truth telling object, such as an artwork, cultural artefact, or something that you have made
  • any other form of expression you wish to share.

You can make your nuther-mooyoop electronically. You can also give or loan Yoorrook a physical truth telling object, like an artwork or cultural artefact.

There are some truth-telling objects Yoorrook cannot accept for cultural or legal reasons, such as ancestor objects, like tools, shields, baskets or clothing. If you have these items, please contact us and we can help find the right place for them.

Yoorrook will use the information in your nuther-mooyoop to tell the story of how colonisation has impacted First Peoples, the strength and resilience of First Peoples, and the survival of cultures, knowledge and traditions. Your truth-telling will also help us make recommendations for healing, system reform and practical changes to laws, policy and education.

Yoorrook protects the information rights of First Peoples through our Indigenous data sovereignty protocols. You can choose whether all or only parts of your nuther-mooyoop are used by Yoorrook on the website, in publications, or displayed at events.

You can also choose whether the parts that can be used are used with your name or anonymously. You will be asked to decide how you want your nuther-mooyoop to be treated by Yoorrook.

Yoorrook’s community engagement team can help Elders complete the nuther-mooyoop form. If you want, they can also help to take a photo, video or audio recording of your nuther-mooyoop.

All our community engagement team are trusted community members. For more information and to make an appointment with our community engagement team, contact us on 1800 YOO RRK (1800 966 775) or at enquiries@yoorrook.org.au.

Elders can now submit their nuther-mooyoop electronically through this website. See the Make a Nuther-Mooyoop (Submission) button at the top of the page.

If you want to make a change to your nuther-mooyoop after it has been submitted, please contact Yoorrook’s community engagement team.

Yoorrook’s community engagement team can call or visit to assist you with this process. For more information and to make an appointment, contact us on 1800 YOO RRK (1800 966 775) or at enquiries@yoorrook.org.au.


Expression of interest – Appearing as a Witness at a Wurrek Tyerrang or Public Truth Telling

Yoorrook seeks expressions of interest from First Peoples’ interested in sharing their truth by being a witness at a wurrek tyerrang (public hearing) or by participating in other public truth-telling
opportunities.

Expressions of interest will be kept on file for consideration as public truth-telling opportunities arise.

Interested First Peoples will be invited by Yoorrook to participate in public truth telling based on their direct experiences and perspectives on matters within Yoorrook’s Terms of Reference and preparedness and readiness to engage in truth-telling in a public setting. Broad representation across families, communities, regions, gender and other characteristics will also be taken into account.

For general information on the different ways to tell your truth and the wurrek tyerrang process, see Yoorrook’s Information Sheet 2: Different Ways to Tell Your Truth and Practice Direction 1: Wurrek Tyerrang (Public Hearings) available here: Key Documents - Yoorrook Justice Commission

If you are interested in telling your truth in a public setting, please complete the form below.