Dr Lynn Gehl's Ally Bill

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

Many #university campuses host 'Aboriginal Centers' on campus, and my school is no different! Being of a settler background, I initially felt very uncomfortable in that space, because I felt as though I was intruding. But I think it's important to talk about the #roles that settlers play in #reconciliation and #decolonization.


In order to have reconciliation and decolonization, settlers need to be engaged. Its our responsibility to contribute, as #community members and partners going forward. There are plenty of good resources for how to be a good #ally, but I thought I'd share some of the ones I've found! These are taken from Dr Lynn Gehl's [ally bill], which I've linked for the other points.


1. A good ally does not act out of guilt; but out of a genuine interest in challenging oppressive structures of power.

2. A good ally is secondary to the indigenous people they are working with.

3. Allies are aware of their privilege and openly discuss them; especially to help dismantle oppressive power structures.

4. Allies use critical thinking and reflection not only on the world around but on the self. They seek the wisdom and knowledge of others and are willing to discuss and to listen.


There are plenty more in Dr Gehl's publication, linked above. It's definitely a good read!

EDIT: I retrieved this information by searching for ally-oriented advice from academic sources!

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