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Another Day in the Colony

2023 - Shortlisted


Judges' Comments 

The strength and incisive intellect of Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman Dr Chelsea Watego shine through this collection of essays which speaks to the many ways in which settler-colonialism still shapes the lives of First Nations people. Watego expertly draws together history, policy, and philosophy, making skillful use of sources to join her voice to those of other Blackfullas and international thinkers. 

The broader complexities and grinding weight of intergenerational injustice are grounded in a compelling and moving examination of her own experience. Watego creates a narrative which has at its heart the profound generational insights and strengths of First Nations peoples. Another Day in the Colony is a living testament to the ways that the colonial past continues to inform the present, and looks to the prospect of future grounded in a sovereignty which has often been denied but which was never ceded.