Learning history from an Indigenous perspective, illustrating how conditions for social and psychological discontent have developed, helps Indigenous people understand why they have problems.
It also shows them that they retain the necessary agency to change their lives for the better. It helps them deal with shame and blame, factors that impact negatively on social and emotional wellbeing.
8. Connecting to Culture
Connecting indigenous people to their culture is key for healing to occur. When these connections are strong, Indigenous people gain a sense of who they are and where they belong.
Culture provides meaning and purpose to life and a sense of wellbeing. Identifying and preserving culture gives indigenous people a sense of pride and hope of a positive future. All these elements facilitate healing and enhance resilience.
9. Relationship to Land & Country
Land to indigenous people is a major part of their identity and spirituality. They have a connection and sense of belonging to their land. They gain their strength through their land and country.
Land has recuperative aspects that are essential to Indigenous wellbeing. Land is a powerful healer. By taking Indigenous land and destroying sacred sites, governments are destroying Indigenous health and wellbeing.