By Clare Land
in keeping with a wealth of in-depth interviews and unique learn, with a spotlight on Australia, Decolonizing Solidarities offers an important source for an individual considering indigenous activism or scholarship.
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Alma Thorpe, who is the best part of a generation older than Foley, counts him and Bruce McGuinness as her mentors (interview). Gary Murray’s father Stewart Murray worked closely with Alma’s mother Edna Brown on the Aboriginal Funeral Fund. Like pastor Sir Doug Nicholls, to whom Gary Murray is related through his mother, Stewart Murray was deeply involved in the Victorian Aborigines Advancement League (VAAL), the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) and the National Tribal Council (NTC).
The challenge in reckoning with complicity is to admit it, to resist it, to undo it, yet also to see how it provides opportunities to resist the workings of colonialism. The hard work of reckoning with complicity springs from the recognition by non-Indigenous people that the place where one lives and works is Aboriginal land. For non-Indigenous people, this recognition should not only inform our public political I n t roduct ion 37 action (particularly attention to local, not only far-away, issues), but should also be reflected in the shape of our lives.
Without this background of involvement, I would not actually have been able to write this book – no one would have talked to me. One Indigenous participant commented that she would normally hold research and researchers in general or specific suspicion. However, because she knew about my activist background and commitments, she was happy to do the interview. Another Indigenous participant questioned me for half an hour on the phone when I rang her to discuss the prospect of an interview, before deciding that she was willing to do it.
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