We at CARE are honoured that Tāme Iti will be CARE’s Activist-in-Residence from the 18th to the 22nd of March 2019.
Tāme’s upcoming visit comes just weeks after the United Nations Human Rights Council (2019) report reminded us of the following:
- “The impacts of colonisation continued to be felt, through entrenched structural racism and poorer outcomes for Māori” (p. 2)
- “Māori life expectancy was lower and unemployment rates were higher” (p. 3)
- “inequalities within the system and mental health outcomes, especially for Māori” (p. 4)
- “Māori were disproportionately represented at every stage of the criminal justice system, as both offenders and victims” (p. 4)
Tāme Iti is an actiivist-of-activists, bringing his art and activism together in decolonizing structures. His activism as performance offers many openings for imagining the role of communication in social cange.
Accordingly, this calls for a decolonising project to critically engage and interrogate the structural conditions that reproduce racism and poorer outcomes for Māori. Tāme Iti’s Activist Residency will interrupt the dominant discursive positioning and practices of Pākehā hegemony and will situate the university as a site of resistance to enable new ways in which we understand and conceptualise structural racism. We welcome Tāme Iti as our Activist-in-Residence. “Tēnā koe e te Rangatira. Nau mai, haere mai!” [Trans: “Greetings leader/chief. Welcome!”
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