Allies Decolonising

Sunday, 24 January 2016 - 5:00pm
Hotshots, 20 Buckley St, Footscray

An evening of films, workshops and music/performance on decolonisation.

This event is organised in the lead up to invasion day to bring up issues of ongoing colonisation and what allies can do to work towards, and enact decolonisation. Some pertinent questions that often get asked and will be explored in the films and workshops are: What role is there for allies? What actions should we be taking? What do we need to seek permission for?

As so-called Australia day approaches and the nation is set to obscure the colonial genocide that this country is built on with celebratory nationalistic narratives, we acknowledge that colonisation continues to occur. In recent years the dispossession of land and culture has been asserted through the intervention and stronger futures legislation and now through the Western Australian government’s plan to forcibly remove Indigenous peoples from their homelands. Health statistics and incarceration rates are disgusting and deaths in custody continue with responsible state officials and police impunity. The removal of Aboriginal children is now higher in some communities than during the days of official policies of stolen children.

Compensation for stolen land, stolen wages and stolen children has never been made.

Since the 70’s the Pay the Rent concept has been called by Indigenous peoples and organisations as a means to address the occupation and colonisation of the lands that we live on. It reasserts Indigenous peoples as the custodians, guardians and sovereign nations and provides a way for non- Indigenous people to support initiatives of self-determination by traditional land owners.
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The event is organised by non-Indigenous allies and is not affiliated with any specific Indigenous organisation, group or people. All money raised is going towards pay the rent and will be given to local, sovereignty based Indigenous groups.
**Suggested donation $15/$10

A number of short films screened on decolonisation, forced closures, stolen wages, sovereignty, allyship and solidarity.

Feature documentary: Queen of the Desert.
'Starlady is not your ordinary youth worker. Like a real life Priscilla, Starlady takes us on a Queen of the Desert journey to Areyonga, an indigenous community in Central Australia, where she’ll work with a group of curious and cheeky young people.'

Graciously provided by food not bombs
**Alcohol available after 8:00pm; all proceeds to pay the rent.

Films and workshops followed by a night of music and performance.

- Jules - spoken word/poetry

- New Dub City - Release the Dubs live dub DJ set


** This is a kid friendly event.
Alcohol free until 8:00pm
Kids space with adult kid minders.

We acknowledge that this event will take place on stolen Boonwurrung & Wurundjeri country, and that sovereignty was never ceded.

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