The Voices of the Wheatbelt project ran from 2008 to 2014 and involved 8 communities from across the Eastern Wheatbelt, aiming to give them a voice through projects in photography, film and audio-documentary.
Using photography to explore and express their identity and sense of belonging, the project also allowed participants to form and rediscover relationships with environment, family, community and each other. Voices of the Wheatbelt resulted in individual and community growth and empowerment, increased awareness of social and cultural spaces and stronger relations among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Photographs taken by the students and adults across the towns were combined in an exhibition which appeared at significant events in the Wheatbelt including: the Unity Walk during NAIDOC week in Quairading, the Badjaling Noongar Cultural Festival and the Wheatbelt Cultural Festival in Northam.
Voices of the Wheatbelt was funded by the Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. CAN provides services to communities of Western Australia on behalf of the Australia Council for the Arts and the Department of Culture and the Arts.