Indigenous Community Stories


100 Stories for 100 years and Beyond.

The Indigenous Community Stories (ICS) program was launched in 2008.  It records Western Australia's Indigenous oral histories and cultural expressions using high definition digital film.  The initiative aims to record and archive 100 stories for 100 years and beyond- to be accessed by future generations.  ICS has created an invaluable record that contributes to Australia's national cultural identity.  Stories include creation stories, biographies, and recollections of events and aspects of social history. They include traditional song, dance and language. ICS is delivered as a joint initiative between the FTI and ScreenWest and supported by Lotterywest.  Rio Tinto was a proud partner of the ICS program between 2012 and 2015 with a total commitment of $1 million.  
Michelle Broun, Manager ICS, said “ICS has created a national treasure of Aboriginal oral histories – collectively, these stories are an incredibly important part of Australia’s history."
ICS has recorded 83 stories and on track to complete 100 stories by mid 2017 pending funding.  We are currently finalising partnership agreements with the Healing Foundation (Canberrra) and the WA Museum.  In 2016, we received generous donations of $45,000.  
We are seeking a total of $350,000 to complete the project to the highest standard.  Stories on average cost $35,000 to produce, depending on location.   
Given the importance of this project, FTI is seeking funding from private and public enterprises and government partners that share our commitment to support Indigenous West Australians to reach the milestone of 100 stories to be recorded and archived in by 2017.
For more information Devina McPherson - phone: 08 9431 6702 or email devina_mcpherson@fti.asn.au


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