The article is by a pākehā, on the pākehā obligations of decolonization. As a pākehā myself, trying to make sense of colonialism and understand both my place in it and its place in new Zealand’s education system past and present, I found this to be very important reading.
My good friend Dr Damian Skinner presented these reflections at a little conference on the Treaty of Waitangi yesterday. He doesn’t do social media but said I could share the text, I’m interested to see what others think about his suggestion we urgently need a Pākehā conversation…
Treaty on the Ground – Summary Notes by Dr Damian Skinner
I wanted to begin by talking about some of the connections I have professionally and personally with the TOW, as a way of identifying the various meanings of that phrase that have been circulating in this conference over the last two days.
When I work here at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, I am employed by an institution that is subject to an Act of Parliament that mentions the TOW. I brush up against formal policy documents like He Korahi Māori, which develop…
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