No peace in the statue wars until there is peace in the justice system


A response by Kelly Fliedner to Ted Snell’s ‘Can we have peace in the statue wars?’ in The West Australian, 16 June 2020

Ted Snell wrote 'Can we have peace in the statue wars?’ in The West Australian. Semaphore thought it was important to respond. This was so there was a diversity of opinion in Western Australia; a well researched local perspective on the statues debate; and, support for the Indigenous Lives Matter movement here. Our response covers a number of issues related to colonialism and is written from the perspective of white allies who want healing and justice here too.

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Indigenous Lives Matter:
a West Australian resource list


Semaphore stands in solidarity with Indigenous people, especially traditional owners in what is called Western Australia and the Whadjuk Noongar people of Boorloo boodjar where this journal is made. We respect their culture, their custodianship and their continuing contribution to our community. This feels more important than an acknowledgement in this moment, and perhaps it always should have. As we work toward decarceration and asserting the rights of Indigenous people here, we think it is important to share this resource list. We hope it can be of value for our community to educate themselves, to provide resources that help make change, and continue to act as allies in the fight for justice and healing. This means recognising that Indigenous people are leaders and that we learn the most when we are open and engaged. We believe that the system must change, and there is a lot of work to do in advocating for a better city and state. Please read broadly, seek out organisations and events, make a donation, come to a protest, write a letter, and provide sustained support for Indigenous people because Indigenous Lives Matter.

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Kaya. We wish to acknowledge the Whadjuk People of Boorloo boodja who are the traditional owners of the land where Semaphore is made. We respect their culture, their custodianship, and their continuing contribution to the life of this city and this region. That includes recognising and respecting sovereignty while working in solidarity towards a treaty and supporting ongoing connection to country. That means linguistic rights, economic opportunity, and artistic endeavour. To their Elders, past, present and emerging, we say thanks.




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