“Living on Aboriginal Land” workshop – background links

I am giving a workshop in Melbourne, along with Baganan, for the Urban Seed community, entitled “Living on Aboriginal Land”

“Living on Aboriginal Land”
A workshop with Baganan Kurityityin Theresa Creed and John Tracey

This workshop challenges non-Aboriginal participants to explore the relevance of concepts such as land rights, native title, sovereignty, reconciliation, treaty, self-determination, Aboriginal deaths in custody, customary law, traditional owner etc. to their own life on this country.
It explores ways in which non-Aboriginal people can support Aboriginal Australia.
The workshop offers no easy answers, only difficult questions.

6pm, Tuesday November 25th
@ “The Den” 116 Little Bourke St. Melbourne
(between Russell St. And Exhibition St. on the north side of the street)

more details – HERE

The following is a list of links to things that I will be referring to in my talk, so that participants can explore the issues further.

(work in progress, I will add a few more links in the next few days)

Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal, Custodian of the land Minjerribah, Peace Prosperity and Healing, Sacred Treaty Circles

“Whiteness and Blackness in the Koori Struggle for Self-Determination” by Dr. Gary Foley

“Colonised Land; Colonised Mind (A Scottish perspective) – by Alastair McIntosh

Cultural/Linguistic Diversity and Deep Social Ecology (Genesis 11:1-9) by Ched Myers

“Aborigines and Conservationism. Land Rights and Green Activism Not Necessarily Aligned” by Tyson Yunkaporta.

“The Eurocentrism of Australian Socialism” by John Tracey

“Terra Nullius and Ecology” by John Tracey

“Babylon and the Christian Church in Australia” by John Tracey

“Reconciliation, Close the Gap, Sovereignty and Land Rights” by John Tracey

“Aboriginal Australia, non-Aboriginal Australia” by John Tracey


One response to ““Living on Aboriginal Land” workshop – background links

  1. This is Alastair McIntosh, whose work you reference above. I just want to say how very pleased I am to see that the issue of native/non-native issues is being explored in this way in Australia. I have many Australian friends, but even some of the most right-on of them don’t seem to have grasped the imperative of working with the Aboriginal deep holders of the land. It has astonished me the way people will often dismiss the issue, saying, “there’s no Aboriginals round here anymore”, while, at the same time, working for native rights elsewhere in the world. The problem with the Anglo-Saxon mindset is that it sees the world in very prosaic, practical terms. There is a need to infuse this with a revitalising sense of poetry such as can awaken sensitivity to the deep Spirit of Place. This is what some of us have been trying to do in Scotland over recent years (see especially my book, Soil and Soul), and it is a delight to learn of such awareness starting to be kindled more deeply in Australia. Good luck and blessing to you all, whatever your ethnic background.


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