Decolonising the Commons: First Nations' Perspectives
The traditional custodians of this land, Australia’s First Nations peoples, continue the struggle for justice, reparation and recognition in the face of political hostility and entrenched racism. This is a struggle for all Australians as the nation seeks to come to terms with its past, present and future. The future of Australia as a just, peaceful and regenerative society depends squarely on wholesale decolonisation.
This year’s first Ngara Institute Politics in the Pub, on Wednesday 27th February, features three Indigenous speakers – academics, activists and commentators, Amber Seccombe (Griffith University), Glenn Woods (Griffith University) and Marcelle Townsend-Cross (Long Island University/Southern Cross University) – reflect on these matters and what decolonisation means in practice for all of us.
As noted by the speakers: “The call from First Nations peoples in Australia to decolonise has been loud, clear and consistent in recent times. This call asks us to decolonise our social, political, economic and knowledge systems and it asks us to decolonise our very selves. This process is not easy, but it is crucially necessary – a fundamental imperative – if we, non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians together, are to co-create (and re-create) our commons in ways that are socially equitable and environmentally sustainable.”
Located at the Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby, the event starts at 7pm. But please remember to come early for food and refreshments and to avoid the crush! Doors open at 5.30pm.