Building just relationships: Examples of indigenous and non-indigenous engagement

Huygens, Ingrid and Rata, Arama and Margaret, Jen (2010) Building just relationships: Examples of indigenous and non-indigenous engagement. In: 4th International Indigenous Conference: Matauranga Taketake: Traditional Knowledge, 6-9 June, 2010, Auckland, New Zealand. (Unpublished)

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Efforts to build just relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous groups have been made in many settings around the world, using cultural and political decolonisation processes. The nature and quality of these relationship-building efforts are now being studied from different cultural and academic perspectives. In this symposium we plan to share the viewpoints of a Maori social/clinical psychologist, a Pakeha community psychologist and a Pakeha community development worker/adult educator. Speaking from our own cultural standpoint, each of us has looked at aspects of how Maori and Pakeha, indigenous and non-indigenous groups, respond to each other in processes of reconciliation, dialogue and activist alliance. Our studies cover a range of settings from regional to national and international. We will look at the place of forgiveness in reconciliation processes from a Maori viewpoint in a particular rohe with a history of colonial conflict (Arama Rata), at processes of Pakeha preparation for dialogue with Maori about the Treaty of Waitangi, based on a national Pakeha/Tauiwi consultation (Ingrid Huygens), and at how non-indigenous people may act as allies to indigenous aspirations, from the viewpoint of a Pakeha Tiriti activist learning from experiences in Canada (Jen Margaret). We will conclude by facilitating a discussion with the audience about strategies for engaging non-indigenous and indigenous people in building relationships that acknowledge past conflicts and look to peaceful, mutually agreed relationships in the future.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Symposium at conference
Keywords that describe the item:Coloniser indigenous relationships, reconciliation and forgiveness, decolonisation education, emergent decolonisation theory, indigenous coloniser alliancess
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions:Schools > School of Social Development
ID Code:1114
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Deposited On:21 Jul 2011 00:00
Last Modified:21 Jul 2011 00:00

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