Aboriginal Healing, Historical Trauma
"How many times have you heard, 'What is WRONG with that person?' There is nothing wrong with that person, things are HAPPENING or have HAPPENED to that person." Dr Carlie Atkinson
What is Sharing Culture?
Sharing Culture is an education initiative to help Indigenous peoples heal from historical trauma and its consequences (e.g. mental health problems, addiction, suicide), as well as the impact of other adversities, e.g. social and economic disadvantage, experiences of paternalism and racism, and ongoing grief.
Sharing Culture was developed by David Clark, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, who lives in Perth, Western Australia. David collaborates with filmmaker Michael Liu, and is supported by an international network of 40 Advisors/ Healers, the vast majority of whom are world-leading experts in their respective fields.
Sharing Culture is based on the core values of authenticity, connection, courage, creativity, empathy and forgiveness. We adopt a strengths-based, solution-focused approach that celebrates success and cultivates positivity, acceptance and cultural pride. In addition, we use principles known to facilitate healing.
Sharing Culture aims to building educational and storytelling resources that (1) empower Indigenous people to heal, (2) help people create environments in which healing can flourish, and (3) reduce barriers to healing (e.g. racism, paternalism) in wider society.
This website uses Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices to help educate society about trauma and its impact, as well as Indigenous healing and culture. You can read or watch Healing Stories. David blogs on the website.
The Foundation of Our Approach
Sharing Culture recognises that healing from trauma (and its consequences) requires empowerment and connection, and a culturally safe environment. Indigenous people must connect to their culture, land, spirituality, family, community and history to facilitate healing.
Self-determinism is the central foundation of healing. Indigenous communities, families and individuals must own and control their healing process. An holistic approach to health and wellbeing is key, one which incorporates the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental.
Personal and Community Healing Stories empower people by providing hope, understanding and a sense of belonging. Stories of healing initiatives help communities learn from each other, whilst Cultural Stories engender pride and facilitate cultural connectedness.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people must come together to facilitate the healing of Indigenous people. Indigenous knowledge and understanding is key to helping create a society where people have an improved wellness, are more environmentally aware, and are more respectful, caring and empathic towards their fellow man, no matter what his or her culture.
Why not take a Website Tour? Please check About Us and our Testimonials. And our Facebook page for links to other important information. Finally, please read the beautiful, inspiring letter that David received from Rembarrgna traditional healer Miliwanga Wurrben. And check out our Revel project, which is focused on one of Australia's most famous artists.
Mitakuye Oyasin" (We Are All Related) sheds a light on the problems facing the noble people of the Great Sioux Nation. Filmed in the Badlands of South Dakota and on the Sioux Reservations, this documentary focuses on the reintroduction of the once indigenous wild horses to the lands of the Great Sioux.
'Missions reclaimed as cultural healing centres for Stolen Generations in WA' by Claire Moodie
The irony is not lost on Jim Morrison. The co-convenor of the Bringing Them Home Committee is leading a major new initiative to heal the Stolen Generations from the old office of A O Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines.
Past Popular Blogs
The Impact of Colonialism on a Young Aboriginal Australian
An excellent description of how colonialism has impacted as summarised by Richard Broome in his seminal book Aboriginal Australians: A history since 1788. This blog was posted on 20th October and received over 1,100 Likes.
‘Aboriginal communities should not be closed!’ by Martin Préaud, Barbara Glowczewski and 16 French researchers working in Australia
So just imagine one day getting told that your suburb will “be closed”. That you won’t have access to electricity, water, health care and education for your children any longer, i.e. to the services that every other citizen of the country where you live is entitled to.
Co-convenor of the Bringing Them Home Committee Jim Morrison at the old Carrolup Mission [ABC News]
"Healing is not just about recovering what has been lost or repairing what has been broken. It is about embracing our life force to create a new and vibrant fabric that keeps us grounded and connected, wraps us in warmth and love and gives us the joy of seeing what we have created." Professor Helen Milroy
Recovery Stories: 'sister' website
‘What’s Wrong With You? Nothing. What Has Happened to You? Something.’ by Dr Michael Cornwall
Psychiatry has convinced many of us that our natural responses of emotional distress - via depression, anxiety, and the often waking nightmare of extreme states, are symptomatic proof that something is wrong with us that can be quickly diagnosed and should be treated like a physical illness. There lies the problem.