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As part of the Decolonial Possibilities Flagship 2021, a uniquely conceptualised workshop titled “Decolonial Recipes for Wellbeing, Self and Community Care,” was held on 25 October. The event was a collaboration between the CHL Flagship team and 15 Indigenous Pacific and Aboriginal students, scholars, and artists based in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and Hawai’i.
This was initially intended to be a face-to-face exercise but due to the recent ACT, NSW and VIC lockdowns, the activity took place in the virtual realm on Zoom.
The workshop participants considered the impacts of the recent pandemic and ongoing legacies of colonialism on Indigenous communities in Australia and Oceania in formulating new and old approaches and “ingredients” to sustain emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing in institutional sites of work and study.
The workshop included a digital activity on the collaborative platform Padlet, creating a shared space to respond to the workshop prompt in creative ways. Participants offered their own “recipes”, such as books, maps, quotes, photographs, practices, stories, music playlists and memories. Natalie Harkin, a Narungga academic and poet based at Flinders University, highlighted the capacity of this activity to become a creative “touchstone” for participants to return to in future iterations of the Flagship.
From this intellectual “feast”, the Decolonial Possibilities Flagship team, Katerina Teaiwa, Janelle Stevenson, Talei Mangioni and Niroshnee Ranjan, will generate several planned creative outputs in the coming months.
Watch this space for regular updates on the Decolonial Possibilities Flagship as the creativity unfolds further in the next few months.