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'Where We Stand' (2019), Isabella Whāwhai Waru. Photo by Irihipeti Waretini.
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_In Conversation
15 December

Talking process with Isabella Waru

Laniyuk (Larrakia, Kungarrakan, Gurindji), speaks with Isabella Waru (Ngati Tukorehe, Te Ati Awa) about their processes of thinking, making, facilitating and learning around and beyond the work, Where We Stand.

Imagining kinship in the colony
with Arika Waulu, Laniyuk, Leah Avene, Neil Morris, Pauline Vetuna and Sha Gaze

How do we as Indigenous, Black and Brown folks negotiate our interactions in the colony? How do we communicate, connect, exchange and navigate our interactions within and via these systems that serve to oppress, divide and infiltrate (First peoples always bearing the brunt of this violence, and settlers existing as beneficiaries of it)? Is it possible to interact on our own terms, via lore? What might this look like? How do we navigate living, working and creating in these contexts in ways that honour the lands we are on and our relationships as sovereign people? What might it look like to nurture and build this sort of solidarity and awareness?


FIRE TALK is a post-show yarning circle, offering audiences the opportunity to talk about the work they have just experienced. Directly after the show, Indigenous theatre/dance artist Jacob Boehme facilitate a 45 minute informal conversation, leading you through 5 questions to explore, interrogate and express in your own language, the connections made to Isabella Whāwhai Waru’s Where We Stand. With FIRE TALK we aim to open up new dialogue around how we perceive and talk about Indigenous arts.

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Resource List

In conjunction with Isabella Whāwhai Waru’s Where We Stand here you will find direct links to Instagram; publications; videos; Facebook; events and places; radio shows and podcasts; and film and TV.



















IRL: Incendium Radical Library

YL: Yarra Libraries

Whiteness Studies

Decolonizing Solidarity — Clare Land

White Fragility — Robin DiAngelo

Black on white — Black writers on what it means to be white. Edited by David R Roediger (IRL)

Postcolonial whiteness: A critical reader on race and empire. Edited by Alfred J Lopez (IRL)

White — Richard Dyer (IRL)

Different white people — radical activism for Aboriginal rights 1946-1972 — Deborah Wilson (IRL)

The Pure Society: from Darwin to Hitler — Andre Pichot (IRL)

Everything but the burden — Edited by Greg Tate (IRL)

An Alphabetical Anthology of White Liberal Proverbs —-Jacob V. Joyce (IRL)


Whiteness and Blackness in the Koori Struggle for Self-Determination — Gary Foley

Human Rights & Human Wrongs: A Life Confronting Racism —- Colin Tatz (IRL)

Fear Brown Queers: Returning and De-Centering the White Gaze: An Ongoing Visual Essay (zine) — Jacob V. Joyce

Black Power in Australia: Neville Bonner versus Bobbi Sykes —- General Editor: Ann Turner (IRL)

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race —- Edited by Jesmyn Ward (IRL)

Racism: A Short History – George M. Fredrickson (IRL)

Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human — Alexander G. Weheliye (IRL)

Frames of War: When is Life Grievable? —- Judith Butler (IRL)

Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups —- Western States Center (IRL)

QTIPOC Assemble! Radical Imaginations of Queer, Trans & Intersex People of Colour (zine) —- Jacob V. Joyce (IRL)


Genocide in Australia — Colin Tatz

Asking, We Walk: The South as New Political Imaginary — Edited by Corinne Kumar (IRL)

The Empire Writes Back — Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin (IRL)

The Law of the Land — Henry Reynolds (YL)

Orientalism – Edward W. Said (IRL)

Culture and Imperialism —- Edward W. Said (IRL)

Empire — Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri (IRL)

First Nations History

People of the Merri Merri: The Wurundjeri in Colonial Days Isabel Ellender and Peter Christiansen (YL)

The Melbourne Dreaming: A Guide to the Aboriginal Places of Melbourne Myer Eidelson(YL)

Untold Stories: Memories and Lives of Victorian Kooris Jan Critchett (YL)

Black and Bloody Beautiful By Naima Green Honours Thesis Harvard University USA

The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia — Henry Reynolds (IRL)

Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle’s Fabrication of Aboriginal History  Edited by Robert Manne (IRL)

Pemulway: The Rainbow Warrior — Eric Willmot (IRL)

Fighting Hard: The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League — Richard Broome (IRL)

Broken Circles: Fragmenting Indigenous Families 1800-2000 — Anna Haebich (IRL)

First Nations Politics

Just Relations — Alison Holland (IRL)

Inside Black Australia — Edited by Kevin Gilbert (IRL)

Because a white man’ll never do it — Kevin Gilbert (IRL)

Trapped in the Gap — Emma Kowal (IRL)

The Trouble with Tradition: Native Title and Cultural Change — Simon Young (YL)

‘Australia’, Aotearoa/ Nz & Pacific

From Nothing to Zero: Letters from Refugees in Australia’s Detention Centres — Janet Austin & Meaghan Amor (IRL)

Refugees: Why Seeking Asylum is Legal and Australia’s Policies Are Not — Jane McAdam & Fiona Chong (IRL)

Briefings Refuge Australia — Klaus Neumann (IRL)

Nauru Burning: An Uprising and it’s Aftermath — Mark Isaacs (IRL)

Growing Up Asian in Australia — Edited by Alice Pung (IRL)

Escape From West Papua — Alan Nichols (IRL)

Terror in our Midst? Edited by Danny Keenan (IRL)


Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: Indigenous Women and Feminism — Aileen Moreton-Robinson(IRL)

Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology — Edited by Barbara Smith (IRL)

Feminism Without Borders: Decolonising Theory, Practicing Solidarity — Chandra Talapade Mohanty (IRL)

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism — bell hooks (IRL)

The Revolution Will Not be Funded: Beyond the Non-profit Industrial Complex — Edited by Incite! Women of Color Against Violence (IRL)

Third World/ Second Sex — Compiled by Miranda Davies (IRL)

Don’t Take Your Love to Town — Ruby Langford (IRL)

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement — Angela Y. Davis (IRL)


Why “I’m not racist” is only half the story | Robin DiAngelo — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzLT54QjclA

Deconstructing White Privilege — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIx3KQer54


Decolonizing Solidarity

Deadly Questions

Voices of the 3

Wurundjeri Council

Bunurong Land Council

Melbourne Activist Legal Support

Deaths Inside (Data base on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody)

Me and White Supremacy Workbook (Layla F. Saad)

The Killing Times (Data base on massacres 1788-1928)

Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody ( breakdown of the Royal Commission)


DjabWurrung Heritage Protection Embassy

Nice White Ladies

Stop Black Deaths in Custody Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History

Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency 


Stolen Generation Marker

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum

Koorie Heritage Trust

Fitzroy Aboriginal Heritage Walking Trail

Wurundjeri Council


Reconciliation Week


3KND 1503AM

Melbourne’s first Indigenous owned and managed radio station

3CR 855AM

  • Blak ‘n’ Deadly (Friday 11am-12pm)

  • Blaknoise Radio (Thursday 2pm-3pm)

  • Fire First (Wednesday 11am-12pm)

  • Hip Sista Hop (Sunday 4pm-5:30pm)

  • Koori Survival Show (Tuesday 10am-11am)

  • The Black Block (Monday 11am-1pm)

RRR 102.7FM

  • Still Here (Sunday 1pm-2pm)

PBS 106.7FM

  • All Our Stories (Monday 1pm)

Healing Justice Podcast


NITVHello Privilege, It’s Me, ChelseaRedfern Now

Dear White PeopleMaboFirst Australians

This work was developed in conversation with the Wurundjeri Tribe Council and is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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