Should Settlers Write First Nations’ Characters?
Should Settlers write First Nations’ characters? If we write place-based narratives or histories that are empty of First Nations characters then we feed the Terra Nullius Lie. But if we do, how can we write so we don’t fall into the same old Settler mistakes of writing Tokenism, imposing White Voice, or appropriating First Nations’ Cultures? This workshop explores the maxim ‘Connection – Compassion – Collaboration’ to develop First Nations Characters respectfully. This workshop will be a guided self-exploration of these three Principles.
Zohl dé Ishtar has spent her life living and working with Indigenous Australian and Pacific women, and their communities, to protect their Cultures, Customs, Laws, Lives and Country. For the past 20 years Zohl has lived in the Great Sandy Desert with the Women Elders of the Balgo Community where she co-founded and managed the Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre. Zohl has written two books about these experiences; Daughters of the Pacific (1994) & Holding Yawulyu: White Culture and Black Women’s Law (2005). She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as part of the 1000 Peace Women Across the Globe.
When: Sat 5th Sep, 2-5pm
Where: via Zoom
Cost: $80 non-members, $50 members