You Are on Indigenous Land: Ecofeminism, Indigenous Peoples and Land Justice

  • Ambelin Kwaymullina


For thousands of years, the many diverse environments of Australia were sustained by the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations. Integral to these cultures are the law- and life-ways of Indigenous women. Then came the colonial apocalypse. Non-Indigenous ecofeminists—like all non-Indigenous peoples in a colonized land—are the continuing beneficiaries of the violent dispossession of the women who were here before from the homelands they had managed for centuries. How, then, can non-Indigenous ecofeminists ethically advocate for justice in relation to women and the environment from this fraught position? This chapter suggests that non-Indigenous scholars must respect Indigenous sovereignty and meaningfully enact this respect, including through the layered process of listening to the voices of Indigenous women.


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  • Ambelin Kwaymullina
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  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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