HEI KANOHI MATAARA, HEI RINGA WHITI
EYES WIDE OPEN, READY FOR ACTION
Te Tiriti Based Futures + Anti-racism 2020 was an innovative (inter)national, online and offline, Tiriti-based, anti-racism and decolonisation event in Aotearoa. The online conference ran from 21-30 March 2020. Day 1 began on Race Relations Day 2020, hosted by Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Webinar topics included institutional racism and anti-racism, decolonisation, building Te Tiriti-based futures and transforming our constitution. Overseas presenters also discussed lessons for Aotearoa from their experiences with these issues. Many of the sessions from the open-access webinars are freely posted on-line, where they are a permanent resources for anti-racist activism and Tiriti education.
This event was only possible because a large number of speakers, partners and volunteers believed in the kaupapa, and then knuckled down and did the mahi together. The generosity of all involved was staggering and there were people helping in more ways than can be easily counted. All this work we did together is another step in the journey to challenge racism, promote decolonisation and bring to life a vision of Te Tiriti-based futures for Aotearoa.
When we started this experiment, we were generously gifted a whakataukī to bind our thinking, planning, and being together. We can only hope our efforts have made this proverb a reality: “Hei kanohi mataara, hei ringa whiti.” “Eyes wide open, ready for action.”