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Chelsea Watego

Associate Professor Chelsea Watego (formerly Bond) is a Munanjahli and South Sea Island woman and academic at the University of Queensland. She is a founding board member of Inala Wangarra, an Indigenous community organisation within her own community and co-director of the Institute for Collaborative Race Research.
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When Collingwood Football Club take the High Ground, Literally

The sovereign Black women insists on not forgetting the lies of this place, and in particular the lies of white men. And it is not because her memory is longer, but it is because her body knows too well the violence they have inflicted.

Black Lives Matter – A Brisbane Blacks Manifesto

As the oldest living culture on the planet, both First Nations and first-raced, we have a distinct articulation of the global Black Lives Matter movement, one which was best captured at the rally convened by the Brisbane Blacks (Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance and Stop Black Deaths in Custody Committee) on Friday 4th July 2020 in Meanjin.
  • 13 Jun 2019

The Blackfulla Test: 11 reasons that Indigenous health research grant/publication should be rejected

You may have heard of the Bechdel test, which is a measure of the active representation of women in fiction and film. Well just in time for the Lowijta International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference we bring you “The Blackfulla test”; a test that measures the active representation of Blackfullas in Indigenous health research.

Moving Beyond the Frontline: The power and promise of an Indigenous Health Workforce

If you have worked in Indigenous health you would be all too familiar with the discourses of ‘Closing the Gap’ and ‘compliance’ which remind us that the Black body is to be regulated and remedied by the health system.

Because She Is Black

Love, protection, beauty, royalty are all things that have all too readily been denied to Black women. Instead our expected role has been one of servitude, sexually, domestically, and politically, for White men and White women, and even Black men.

The irony of the Aboriginal academic

I was the first in my family to attend University and I remember my father being less than impressed at my decision to study rather than do real work. “Places like that weren’t meant for people like us”, he stated.

*A white woman took my baby*

The problem for Blackfullas is that news and current affairs is not ‘for our viewing pleasure’ nor is it just information or entertainment. It is an apparatus of colonial control that makes the brutality of colonisation seem perfectly rational and acceptable.

The Audacity of Anger

"But the angry black woman is not just a dehumanising caricature; actual angry black women are a real threat to the colony. And when we get angry, right on cue the Native Police arrive to quell the troublemakers, each and every time"

Victims and Vultures – the profitability of problematising the Aborigine

As a health researcher I am troubled by the predatory possibilities of “the Aboriginal problem”. Many a mortgage has been paid off the back of knowing “the Aboriginal problem” or claiming to solve “the Aboriginal problem” as advancing new knowledge. Within Indigenous health research, people (and by people, I mean predominantly white people) make money from knowing “the Aboriginal problem” under the premise that a deeper understanding of “the Aboriginal problem” will somehow fix it.

Is chronicling Indigenous despair the only way we can get on television?

‘Indigenous despair is not a matter of good fortune or bad; it is an enabling apparatus to the colonial project, cleverly disguised behind an agenda of benevolence and good intentions.’

Fifty years on from the 1967 referendum, it’s time to tell the truth about race

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, in a sunset ceremony in central Australia, approximately 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates from across Australia delivered the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Convened by the Referendum Council, the statement put forth an Indigenous Australian position on proposed constitutional reform, rejecting constitutional recognition in favour of a treaty.

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