• Ansha

Can you take the colonial out of that?

We came, we saw, we conquered.

Can you take the colonial out of that?

Can we take the colonial out of this?

That is the big question for us at the moment.

Colonisation and all the places that it shows up..

Can we Decolonise the environment?

What does it mean? or even look like?

So, we had our first event. It was based on these themes and thoughts.

It was a educational afternoon in every sense, a panel discussion, group discussion and Q&A. In our opinion you couldn't have paid for a better conversation to come of it. The open conversation was heart warming, with accountability, thoughtful ideas and further action.. that feels step by step, achievable.

Firstly, Glenn Loughrey a Wiradjuri man, Priest, Spiritual leader, Writer, spoke about connection to land and custodial ethic, the long road ahead and he spoke with a endless and rare hope. Glenn is a talented Inspirational Speaker engaged in the dialogue for reconciliation and self-determination for first nations people. He constantly intrigues and challenges us with his questions like ''But what do we do if and when decolonise the environment?''

Next we had Deborah Sullivan talked about what decolonisation means for a designer jeweller and silversmith. Deborah showed her work which was inspired by nature and her Celtic origins. Sadly it was not preferred over contemporary or more mainstream pieces, which made her question her beliefs.

And lastly, though certainly not least. Sarah Naarden, Architect, Educator and creative facilitator, Founder of - Design think lab, & the Monash health Aboriginal Healing Garden shared about some new and exciting projects she is a part of. Her work blends both traditional knowledge with modern science and technology, like healing mycelium. We can't wait to hear and see more.

All speakers took the platform with courage and regenerative ideas and stories that kept true to the theme.. Decolonise the environment.

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We respectfully and gratefully acknowledge the continual custodians of this land on which we meet, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our deep respects to the elders of the past who took care of the land here for 70,000 years, the elders of the present and all the elders emerging... We recognize their continuing connection with the land, water and the community. 

We acknowledge sovereignty was never seeded.