Junkee Junket

Sixty seconds to pitch your idea. That’s what happens the first night of an "un-conference", where the participants collaboratively decide on the sessions. And so a stream of people got up, some polished and others less so, to outline what they wanted to talk about. The traditional owners of the land that Canberra sits on, the Ngunnawal peoples, were acknowledged at the start of the session. But some people do it again at the start of their pitch. After a while, an indigenous woman gets up. She makes the observation that there’s a pattern emerging: people of colour are offering their respects, and many white people are not.

Thereafter, most make time in their 60 seconds to awkwardly offer their respects, though some do not. I can’t help keeping a mental list. Some who had spoken before the rebuke get up again to do another pitch, this time paying their respects.