Country, Culture, People, Future


NITV Documentary – Our Footprint

Posted: August 12th, 2014

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Tomorrow night NITV will be showing the documentary Our Footprint featuring Wajarri Traditional Owner Ross Boddington.

The film is part of the Indigenous Community Stories initiative, a joint project from ScreenWest, Rio Tinto, Leighton, Ngarda and the Film and Television Institute (FTI) WA. The initiative has captured many stories from across Western Australia. Among them are stories from Jurruru, Wajarri and Badimaya. For more information on the project click here to visit the FTI website.

Our Footprint with Ross Boddington will be shown on NITV at 7.30pm, 13th August.


Opportunity to tell your stories

Posted: August 16th, 2013

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The Film & Television Institute (FTI) in partnership with ScreenWest, Rio Tinto, Leighton and Ngarda Civil & Mining is calling for applications from Indigenous communities, families and individuals who are interested in recording, preserving and archiving the stories, accomplishments and reflections of their community members.

Indigenous Community Stories is an initiative, which is aiming to film 100 Western Australian Indigenous stories and digitally archive them for future generations to view over the next 100 years and beyond. FTI is keen to hear from community coordinators or representatives who want to have their community’s stories recorded.

To find out more and to get your application, visit the FTI website. Applications are due on 6 September.

Toby Smirke filmed by FTI on Jurruru country

Toby Smirke filmed by FTI on Jurruru country


Earlier this year, YMAC participated in this initiative in three different communities. Check out some of the photos here, or read more below:

 Pilbara Traditional Owners record stories for future generations

Yamatji stories preserved for future generations

YMAC contributes to Indigenous Community Stories

Posted: October 17th, 2012

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YMAC recently applied, and has been selected, the ‘Indigenous Community Story’ initiative through the Film & Television Institute (FTI) in partnership with Rio Tinto, ScreenWest, Leighton and Ngarda Civil & Mining.

The two Indigenous Community Story Projects that have been successfully selected include, ‘A snapshot of the rich cultural heritage of the Pilbara region told by four senior elders’ and ‘The historical significance of Aboriginal stockman and their connection to country; told through the eyes and life of respected senior Jurruru elder, Toby Smirke.’

The two stories will be filmed on country in early 2013 and aim to digitally archive stories for future generations to view over the next 100 years and beyond. Click here for more information on the Indigenous Community Stories project.

Indigenous Stories Wanted for WA Filmaking Initiative

Posted: June 28th, 2012

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Do you have a story about your community or country that you would like to be remembered in 100 years?

Indigenous Community Stories is a new initiative aiming to capture one hundred West Australian Indigenous stories on film and digitally archive them so that they can be accessed by future generations for years to come.

There is currently a pressing need to record the culture of Indigenous communities across Western Australia, particularly the stories and reflections of senior community members. This project will create invaluable records of Australian cultural heritage and identity while encouraging Indigenous filmmaking in WA.

The Film and Television Institute (FTI), in partnership with Rio Tinto, ScreenWest, Leighton and Ngarda Civil and Mining, is calling for applications from Indigenous communities who are interested in recording and preserving their stories.

The story should focus on community and country. Successful communities will need to nominate a Community Liaison Officer to work on the project and will receive some funds to cover costs of the project.

For more information on Eligibility and Assessment Criteria, click here.

To apply for Indigenous Community Stories, download and complete the application form here, and return to FTI marked to the attention of Mandy Corunna, via:

Fax: (08) 9335 1283
Post: PO Box 579, Fremantle, WA, 6959.

Applications close:
– 5:00pm Thursday 19 July 2012 for the July Selection Panel, and
5:00pm Friday 14 September 2012 for the September Selection Panel.

For queries or more information, contact Mandy Corunna at FTI on (08) 9431 6713 or

Want to work as part of the Indigenous Community Stories Film Crew?

Suitably qualified filmmakers are also wanted to record Indigenous Community Stories. If this sounds like something that may interest you, complete the expression of interest form here and return it to by 19 July 2012.