Join Kaylie Salvatori, Theresa Bower and Georgia Birks for the next Deadly Djurumin Yarn, Stripping the Colonial Veneer: Revealing Blak Places. This will challenge ongoing processes of colonisation, reveal Blak places, and discuss ways to better support Indigenous built environment practitioners.

The built environment as it stands tells a very colonial story – and this process of colonisation is ongoing. Western culture is still all-too-often positioned as the norm, as ‘neutral’ or ‘objective’, with anything outside this framework described as ‘diversity’ – that is, not dominant, not imbued with colonial / patriarchal / imperialist values.

This Yarn will explore these challenges, explaining that, until the values and processes imbued in design processes change, colonisation continues and Indigenous people do not have culturally safe places. This becomes even murkier when Indigenous practitioners are engaged in the process of development without structural change to that process. They are effectively coerced into their own colonisation and, simultaneously, asked to carry a huge cultural burden.

All-too-often, Indigenous built environment practitioners are expected to know things they don’t know, to speak for people they can’t speak for, and feel pressured to put an ‘Aboriginal veneer’ on a design. The constant need to reiterate the importance of co-design processes in the face of these expectations creates an enormous additional burden, and is particularly challenging for newly employed graduates.

This Yarn will help to educate non-Indigenous professionals about the Blak places that lie behind the colonial veneer. In doing so, it aims to help create a more supportive environment for young Indigenous professionals, one in which they can develop their skills and abilities and flourish as practitioners.

When & where

Online, Friday 1 July

12.30–1.30pm AEST (QLD, NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS)
12–1pm ACST (NT, SA)
10.30–11.30am AWST (WA)
2.30–3.30pm NZ


One hour of formal CPD on completion of the CPD questions. These will be emailed the week of the event. See here for the series Learning Objectives.

Once the questions are completed, you will receive an email from Google forms with your responses. Please keep this – it provides the evidence of attendance and completion. Please note, separate CPD certificates will not be issued. If you can’t find the email, remember to check your spam folder.

    • $38 Parlour Collective
    • $50 General
    • $11 Concession (anyone who needs it – students, those not working, part-timers etc.)

We operate on an honesty system. Please choose the ticket price that matches your circumstances. If you are not yet a part of the Parlour Collective, find out more and join here!

The proceeds will help support Deadly Djurumin activities. If you represent an Aboriginal organisation or a teaching institution, please contact Parlour to obtain access at no cost.

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