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. It 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 build 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.
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.
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. And please check out our Revel project, which is focused on one of Australia's most famous artists.
Noongar Smoking Ceremony at Fremantle Round House. For more, see here.
Noel Nannup - A Nyoongar perspective on spirituality. Noel is such an inspiration to me.
With a new film, Ivan Sen wants to draw attention to Indigenous youth suicide
What sounds like a raw, moving but hopeful drama, often shot by Sen as a one-man film crew, centres on an Indigenous mother dealing with a son arriving back from jail after losing another son to suicide... "It's the disconnection of family love and culture at the same time for young people."
Popular Content on Website
The Elders Report Into Preventing Indigenous Self-Harm & Youth Suicide
"The reason for creating the Report is that too often, the voices of community leaders are lost amongst the views of professionals, bureaucrats and other people in positions of power who bring their own perspectives to consulting with communities, analyzing problems, developing policies and prescribing solutions." Max Dulumunmun Harrison
Introducing Lance Chadd, Tjyllyungoo
Here's a beautiful short film about a very talented Noongar artist. I first came across Lance's work when I was looking for a piece of art to give my daughter Annalie and her fiancee Max as an engagement present. Fell in love with a beautiful Tjyllungoo watercolour...
‘Community Life and Development Programs - Pathways to Healing’ by Helen Milroy, Pat Dudgeon and Roz Walker
One thing that has really struck since working in this field is the Indigenous aspiration of healing the community, rather than just ‘fixing’ the individual as is the case with much of western culture’s mental health system.
Revel: A Story of Art, Social Justice and Resilience (project website)
Revel Cooper survived the death of his mother at five, the harsh conditions of a 1940s government native settlement, an unjust murder trial and years of incarceration to become a self-determined man who spoke for the rights of Aboriginal people. He played a large part in developing one of Australia's first Aboriginal art movements that still thrives today.
Recovery Stories: 'sister' website
‘Healing is in Our Stories’ by Deron Drumm
Sharing healing stories is important for many reasons, including helping those who are suffering. I know without a doubt that my journey out of the depths of despair would not have been possible without the people that shared with me their personal narratives. It was through these inspiring stories of resilience, strength and courage that I came to cling to the age old belief that if one person can, so can another.