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Solidarity with First Nation Peoples - How to be an effective 'accomplice'....

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United Voice Training Room

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54 Cheriton St

East Perth, WA

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"If you have come here to help me, you’re wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together” - Lilla Watson // Aboriginal Activist group, Queensland 1970s.

Many progressive organisers and campaigners consider ourselves to be 'allies' to First Nation people's - but what does that mean and is 'being an ally' really enough?

How can we support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, rights, campaigns and movements - without letting our privilege get in the way, and without being or becoming a 'part of the problem'?

What is the difference between being an 'Actor' an 'Ally' and an 'Accomplice'?

This workshop will draw on the real-life experiences of our facilitators, as well as key learnings from the book "Decolonizing Solidarity" by Clare Land.

One of those key learnings is that First Nations people, and other people who expend their own energy dealing with systemic oppression in our society every day, shouldn't have to expend their remaining valuable energy 'fixing' the cultural problems which cause their oppression. In fact it might be more than a bit unfair to expect them to!

That's why we this workshop will be facilitated by two wadjellas- because it is our responsibility as accomplices - to use our own privilege and spend our own energy on dealing with problems in our communities, campaigns and institutions. It is up us to take responsibility for and to fix these problems; but we are also lucky to be able take knowledge and guidance from First Nations activists who have already provided most of the frameworks for us.


As always light refreshments will be provided for a gold coin donation.

If you have questions or concerns about this, please feel free to send an email through to: perthorganising@gmail.com

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