Decolonizing solidarity is a site full of resources and ideas put together by Clare Land, a long-time supporter of Indigenous struggles. The site aims to inspire, support, trouble and give direction to the work of people who support Aboriginal struggles. If you are relatively experienced, or have a specific skill to offer, then you can sign up to the database and it may be possible to direct you to an Aboriginal-led project you can support. You can also sign up to find out about new resources, ideas and actions.
Clare Land is a non-Aboriginal person living on Kulin nation land. She has been an active supporter of Aboriginal struggles since 1998. She aims with this website to do justice to the education she has received from legendary local Aboriginal community activists Gary Foley and Robbie Thorpe in particular, by sharing it with others. (See videos below.)
Clare has completed formal studies in Koori and non-Koori history; she did honours in history (and history and philosophy of science) at the University of Melbourne and was awarded the 2001 Margaret Kiddle Prize for the best honours thesis in the History Department and the WMC Prize for archival research. Some of her academic and other writings can be found via this link.
The tensions and dilemmas that attend the contradiction of being a someone of colonial seeking to support Indigenous struggles led to Clare’s PhD on the topic, which was completed at Deakin University in 2012. For this Clare was awarded the Isi Leibler Prize for the thesis which ‘best contributes to advancing knowledge of racial, religious or ethnic prejudice in any time or place, or to advancing knowledge of multiculturalism and community relations in Australia.’
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 in Australia, for ANTaR Victoria: Working for Land Justice and Reconciliation (2004-06), and East Timor, as a volunteer with University Students for East Timor (2000).
Clare has been a volunteer at 3CR community radio in Fitzroy since 2002, where she co-presented the program Fire First for 10 years with Robbie Thorpe and is now a regular guest. At the moment Clare is serving as member of the advisory group for a book in celebration of 3CR’s 40th anniversary. She has also been a live-to-air broadcaster on 3KND (The Black GST Show) and SBS (Living Black Radio).
Clare works one day a week in Gary Foley’s Koori History Archive at Victoria University and 3 days a week in Projects and Operations at the Reichstein Foundation, an innovative philanthropic foundation which supports community initiatives concerned with social justice and the law, reducing inequality and environmental sustainability.
Clare also does lots of workshops, consultancies and anti-racism training programs for activist groups, local government and community organisations.
A lot of Clare’s thinking and learning about working in support of Aboriginal struggles is captured up in her forthcoming book, Decolonizing Solidarity: Dilemmas and Directions for Supporters of Indigenous Struggles.