I'd suggest that being a Maori migrant to my mother's home land now
known as'OzStrayLear', people like this avail themselves for
appropriate decolonisation programmes, while yet you may.
"Being part of the dominant culture is not a bad or shameful thing.
Instead, it creates an opportunity to make conscious, constructive
steps in understanding the people of the land. It is obvious to me
that the challenge starts with myself, with my pronunciation,
practice, values and everyday thinking. Decolonisation brings with it
the challenge of personal development, which will in time re-shape
partnerships, families, communities and nations."
"The need for Maori to challenge colonial understandings and
constructions is not new. Maori, along with other indigenous and
colonised peoples, have been challenging the West's assumptions of its
own superiority for centuries. I believe decolonisation is a conscious
exercise that examines the long- and short-term impacts of
colonisation on all peoples. It is a process of recovering from these
impacts by making changes to our everyday living situations. It is
also a process of re-claiming and re-identifying our position as Maori
historically. This agenda is not confined to only indigenous peoples,
but is also valuable for the unlearning that non-indigenous peoples,
as part of the dominant colonial grouping, can attain. Decolonisation
can lead non-indigenous peoples to examine how stories, history and
worldviews are constructed and to understand their position in them.
Non-indigenous peoples have an opportunity to speak out and challenge
hegemony and the continual colonisation of indigenous peoples.
Non-indigenous peoples also have a chance to understand how they
themselves are being colonized by techno-industrial development."
"What makes decolonisation valuable for all of us who seek to unfold
learning societies is that it provides opportunities for people to
change how they live. We must ensure that the activities we undertake
in our everyday lives, whether as parents, within our larger families,
at work, in schools, within the media, and in our careers, do not
further marginalise, discriminate, oppress and colonise indigenous
peoples or anyone else. Are you critical about your place in the world
of oppressing others? Are you part of a system or operating in systems
that perpetuate the continual colonisation of peoples? Ask yourself
these questions and challenge yourself to make movements everyday
towards a decolonising agenda."
--- In I_P_I@yahoogroups.com, Jan <karaka@...> wrote:
> John Howard needs to apologise to Australian First Peoples
> on 8/15/07 1:11 PM, Rita Morrison wrote:
> > In reply to Marge:
> > I am also Maori living in Australia ( I live in Melbourne)
> > I have lived in the NT although I don¹t believe you need to have
done so to be
> > aware of what is happening to the
> > Tangata whenua there. The unfairness is evident in every State or
> > With the government debating the issue right now, the newspapers
> > media, email etc are full of the views
> > of the Aboriginal people, the political parties, social
commentators etc etc
> > you get a view of ³ what goes on up there².
> > If you live in Australia then you must be involved.
> > If you are Maori and you live here, its your business own if you
> > involved however you should be aware of the
> > similarities in our histories and at the very least have some empathy.
> > In the past we have had support from Aboriginals visiting Aotearoa
> > and others during the Springbok tour).
> > Like others and us now they were there to lend their support not
> > I don¹t believe we are trying to ³clean up our neighbours².
Actually I find
> > that comment highly offensive.
> > Most of us just want to support the Indigenous people, on whose
land we, our
> > children and our mokopuna live quite well.
> > We just want to support our Aboriginal friends, neighbours and
> > their efforts (like ours at home) to get a fair go.
> > May I direct you to the HREOC website ( The Australian human
rights and equal
> > opportunity commission)
> > http://www.hreoc.gov.au/Social_Justice/sj_reports.html
> > Regards - Rita
> >> Marge Mackey wrote:
> >> I am a Maori residing in W.A. , I would like to ask how many of
> >> been to the Territory and seen what goes on up there ?. Very few
> >> say ., 98% of Australians have never been up onto those Missions
... Maybe a
> >> better insight of this issue should be given before involving
the Maori in
> >> this, we should take care of our own backyard before trying to
clean up our
> >> neighbours. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Maori_talk/message/1793
> >> --------------------------------
> >> Re:Never Apologize on: 13/08/2007 13:00 Marge wrote:
> >> Moe , if John Howard did that , it would open up the doors for a
> >> bomb here , and who would end up paying the Australian tax payer
> >> Zealand has quite a long of history of politely (more or less)
> >> foreign politicians to back up and butt out of our domestic politics.
> >> Perhaps it might be time to repay the courtesy? As for the
> >> the N.T. Maybe you should comment less of these issues , unless
you have had
> >> a insight of these things .
> >> /id,17582/catid,2/
> >> FW: The Invasion of the NT is a Human Rights issue: GET IT BROWN
> >> Those brown house PETS in Australia and Quisling sell-outs in NZ,
> >> phoney; to be just like white Pakeha - Too bad if your arse is
> >> assimilated 98%!
> >> Shame!
> >> As if the few crumbs we have received off the back of our Treaty
> >> any better than our indigenous brothers and sisters.
> >> That uppity phoney Maori woman in Perth, WA, is worse than any
> >> So many Maori like her legitimise racism against Aboriginal
> >> Australia.
> >> The Invasion of the NT is a Human Rights issue.
> >> Australia with its Apartheid continuation, is an international
> >> again a human Rights issue.
> >> Australia persists in being a repressive white supremacist Police
> >> The same pig that first headed RAMSI in the Solomons is the same
> >> the operation in the NT.
> >> SHAME white Australia and it¹s allies... SHAME.