Why did you Walk for Reconciliation in the year 2000?
I am a immigrant, and knowing that I came into a new life on un-ceded, stolen land, along with an awareness of the horrific aftermath of colonisation, convicted me from an early age that I am ethically obliged to enter into the fight for justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
What has changed in the last 20 years?
The unfolding tragedy, the one that still haunts “us”, is that so little has changed. My professional life (academic) takes up theoretical work toward justice, by I am finding myself more convicted of radical community-based action and advocacy. That’s what I am working on supporting these days.
What is your vision of Reconciliation for the next 20 years?"
I don’t think justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can or should come from my vision, so I hope that local communities and powerful institutions, including the church, give up and over power, space, and resources to First Nations peoples, and follow as they lead.