Journal article

The politics of greening unceded lands in the settler city

Libby Porter, Julia Hurst, Tina Grandinetti

AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHER | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Urban greening is a buzz term in urban policy and research settings in Australia and elsewhere. In a context of settler colonial urbanism, like Australia, a first fact becomes clear: urban greening is always being practiced on unceded Indigenous lands. Recognising this requires some honest reckoning with how this latest urban policy response perpetuates dispossessory settler-colonial structures. In this paper, we listen to the place-based ontologies of the peoples and lands from where we write to inform understanding the city as an always already Indigenous place–a sovereign Aboriginal City. In so doing, the paper tries to practice a way of creating more truthful and response-able urban know..

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