Watch Walking the Talk: Beyond Acknowledgement with Sarah Lynn Rees, Bernadette Hardy and Marni Reti, as they offer insights and reflections on how practitioners can support Indigenous communities when direct engagement is not possible.

Purchase access to this inspiring session through Vimeo on Demand. (See below for Parlour Collective and concession codes, along with CPD details.)

In the third Deadly Djurumin Yarn, Sarah Lynn Rees leads a fascinating discussion with Bernadette Hardy and Marni Reti about the importance of Indigenous design thinking throughout the procurement process. Building upon DD Yarn 2, which highlighted the importance of Indigenous worldviews, this session considers how we might support indigenous communities, even when we can’t directly engage.

Bernadette Hardy is the daughter of a master craftsman. She speaks eloquently of her father’s ethics and values from an Indigenous perspective – “taking time, measuring twice, cutting once”, following protocol and being true to the design intent of a project. Marni Reti discusses the urgent need to respect different types of wisdom, not just the knowledge taught in universities. It’s incredibly important to respect the knowledge of Indigenous Elders.

Themes and questions were wide-ranging, and our speakers offer generous, thoughtful answers and plenty of good, practical advice. How do you engage respectfully with Indigenous communities and take the time and care required? How does a small practice compete with larger companies that are faster, quicker, and can do things more cheaply? How do we design inclusive environments so that all kinds of different people can thrive? What is the best way to convince older, more traditional employers that Indigenous values are significant to their practice?

The Parlour audience was encouraged to pay respects to Indigenous peoples by directly connecting with Country. Bernadette spoke of the value of “walking Country” before every project begins. Having a relationship with Country “humbles us”.

If you missed out on this terrific Yarn, you can access the full video recording at your leisure via the link above.


  • $38 Parlour Collective (To access this use the promo code Collective at checkout).
  • $50 General
  • $11 Concession (anyone who needs it – students, those not working, part-timers etc. To access this use the promo code Concession at checkout.)

The proceeds will help support Deadly Djurumin activities.

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Purchase access through Vimeo on demand, or via the video embedded above.

If you represent an Aboriginal organisation or a teaching institution, please contact Parlour to obtain access at no cost.


1 formal point on completion of the CPD questions.

Once completed, you will receive an email with your responses. This provides the evidence of attendance and completion for the session named at the top of this document. Please keep the response email for your records. It counts as your certificate. If you can’t find the email remember to check your spam folder.

The series-wide learning outcomes are as follows:

  • To increase knowledge of Country and Cultural Authority among built environment practitioners
  • To improve understanding of the roles and experiences of of Indigenous practitioners
  • To increase understanding of authorship in relation to cultural knowledge and the implications of this in design contexts
  • To develop understanding of working respectfully and effectively with Traditional Custodians and Knowledge Holders
  • To increase understanding of the impact of design projects on Country
  • To support respectful and meaningful communication

The Deadly Djurumin Yarns are presented as a collaboration between Parlour and Deadly Djurumin. This session was recorded online on Friday 5 November.