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Decolonising Solidarity and Organisational White Privilege

On 22 November 2018, Weenthunga held a panel discussion on Decolonising Solidarity and White Privilege. The three panellists Steff Armstrong, Clare Land and John Bonnice discussed how Australians can best support First Australians, and how we can all acknowledge and challenge white privilege in our organisations.

The panel discussion was recorded for those unable to attend.

Click here to view the recording.


Clare's presentation slides can be viewed here.

John's document 'Identifying and Addressing Organisational White Privilege' can be viewed here.


John Bonnice has an extensive background in the community services sector having worked in a range of roles including casework practitioner, youth & community development, service coordination, program management and social policy development. John is currently employed at Anglicare Victoria (St Luke’s Region) as manager of Communities for Children Bendigo project. John is co-chair of the Bendigo Reconciliation Committee. He is also a facilitator of cultural self-reflection sessions through Communities for Children Bendigo and works with agencies in building the self-reflection process around culture, white privilege and racism.    


Clare Land has been an active supporter of Aboriginal struggles since 1998. Clare has worked in both academic and community settings. She is a trained community practitioner and facilitator and a trainer in Courageous Conversations About Race. She has worked in community development. Clare works at Gary Foley’s Koori History Archive and the Reichstein Foundation. Clare’s learning about working in support of Aboriginal struggles is captured in her book, Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles. 


Steff Armstrong is a proud Aboriginal woman from New South Wales with strong links in Victoria. She is the Manager of Programs with Weenthunga. She has 35 years of experience in education. She has worked as an Aboriginal education consultant, a teacher, and a Lecturer in Indigenous Education. She received the Rohan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowship in Indigenous Health and Welfare and the Indigenous Leadership Fellowship as an Emerging Leader. 



Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility

Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? And what does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims that race is meaningless?

US-based writer, researcher and educator Robin DiAngelo has considered these questions deeply. Her first two books, Is Everyone Really Equal? and What Does it Mean to Be White? examined the notions of equality and white racial literacy. Her third book, White Fragility, is a New York Times-bestseller. White Fragility asks why white people often become defensive or hostile during discussions of racism, and examines how this phenomenon derails the progress in dealing with structural discrimination. DiAngelo challenges us all to find constructive ways to see, acknowledge and respond to racism in the 21st Century.

DiAngelo presented a talk on these topics at the Wheeler Centre. She was joined by a panel, including Jack Latimore, Odette Kelada and Tim Lo Surdo for a discussion and Q&A.

Click here to listen to the podcast.


How to be a good indigenous ally

OPINION: How do you cross that invisible line that takes you from being in the Aboriginal 'good books' to being on the s**t list? Summer May Finlay is a Yorta Yorta woman who has some tips for allies.

Click here to read her article.


10 things you should know about white privilege

How much do we actually know about the concept and history of this sociological term, which is rapidly gaining popularity? Luke Pearson and Sophie Verass explored the concept in 2016.

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What I said when my white friend asked for my black opinion on white privilege

"Yesterday I was tagged in a post by an old high school friend, asking me and a few others a very public, direct question about white privilege and racism." Lori Lakin Hutcherson, founder of goodblacknews.org, speaks on her experiences of white privilege in 2016.

Click here to read the article.