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Being and becoming Indigenous: Resurgence against contemporary colonialism

A Professor in Indigenous Governance and in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Taiaiake Alfred is a specialist in studies of traditional governance, the restoration of land-based cultural practices, and decolonization strategies.

A Professor in Indigenous Governance and in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Taiaiake Alfred is a specialist in studies of traditional governance, the restoration of land-based cultural practices, and decolonization strategies.

On Nov. 28, 2013, Kanien’kehá:ka scholar activist Taiaiake Alfred was in Melbourne, Australia, to deliver the 5th annual Narrm oration at the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development at the University of Melbourne. The title of his oration was: Being and becoming Indigenous: Resurgence against contemporary Colonialism.

Named after the Wurundjeri word for the land surrounding Melbourne, the Narrm Oration profiles leading Indigenous thinkers from across the world to enrich our ideas and understanding about possible futures for Indigenous Australia.