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Another Day in the Colony

A ground-breaking work – and a call to arms – that exposes the ongoing colonial violence experienced by First Nations people.

(Trade paperback)
Ships on 2/11/2021

In this collection of deeply insightful and powerful essays, Chelsea Watego examines the ongoing and daily racism faced by First Nations peoples in so-called Australia. Rather than offer yet another account of ‘the Aboriginal problem’, she theorises a strategy for living in a social world that has only ever imagined Indigenous peoples as destined to die out.

Drawing on her own experiences and observations of the operations of the colony, she exposes the lies that settlers tell about Indigenous people. In refusing such stories, Chelsea tells her own: fierce, personal, sometimes funny, sometimes anguished. She speaks not of fighting back but of standing her ground against colonialism in academia, in court, and in media. It’s a stance that takes its toll on relationships, career prospects, and even the body.

Yet when told to have hope, Watego’s response rings clear: Fuck hope. Be sovereign.

Chelsea Watego

Chelsea Watego

Associate Professor Chelsea Bond is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman and a Principal Research Fellow within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at The University of Queensland. She has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher in communities across south-east Queensland for the past twenty years with her work focused on interpreting and privileging Indigenous experiences of the health system. Her current research supported by the Australian Research Council seeks to examine how race and racism operate within the health system in producing the persisting health disparities experienced by Indigenous peoples.

Chelsea is a highly regarded public intellectual via her work in her own community and within the academy. She is one half of the Wild Black Women radio show on Brisbane’s 98.9FM, which is also featured on NITV’s The Point, and is a prolific writer who has been published in The Conversation, The Guardian, IndigenousX and NITV. She is also a highly sought-after speaker and has been invited to keynote, moderate and participate in a range of public forums including at the State Library of Queensland, Splendour in the Grass Festival, QPAC’s Clancestry Festival and Australia Council Arts Leadership Forums.