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


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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: 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
Depositing User: Ingrid Huygens
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:33

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