Powerful insight into lateral violence – Richard Frankland

APRIL 13, 2012 4:37am

Powerful insight into lateral violence

Acclaimed Aboriginal filmmaker, musician and rights advocate Richard Frankland was in Seymour last week.

By Chalpat Sonti

Lateral violence is a disturbing subject. But insights on how to deal with it were shared by acclaimed Aboriginal filmmaker, musician and rights advocate Richard Frankland in Seymour last week.

He presented a workshop at Seymour Health, part of the Closing the Gap Lower Hume Project.

It was a powerful presentation and Mr Frankland describes the concept best.

‘‘Lateral violence is when you’re on the bottom rung of the ladder in society and the rage and anger is too unsafe to put on the people who put you there,’’ he said.

‘‘So you put it on the people closest to you.’’

The workshop gave participants an awareness of the topic.

‘‘It opens up doorways for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities to work their own way through it so they become part of the solution.

‘‘As much as we believe all rural areas are the same, they’re incredibly different. Portland is different to Seymour and Robinvale is different to Shepparton.’’

Mr Frankland was impressed with the participants at the Seymour workshop.

‘‘They (were) a really broad cross-section, and it (was) a very intimate crowd and they were able to feel safe in asking questions and coming up with solutions.’’

Among Mr Frankland’s presentation was his espousal of the Kooreen Principles — listen, learn, respect, integrity, honour, compassion and courage.

About Lateral Love® Australia

Lateral Love® Australia Lateral Love® Australia is devoted to bringing lateral violence, particularly for Aboriginal & Islander (including the Torres Strait) Peoples of Australia, into the public arena. Lateral Love® Australia aims to share truthful information about the history of Australia, highlighting the deliberate impact of colonization, and the damage made to the Human Spirit regardless of race due the manifestations of lateral violence. William Brian Butler & his niece Nicola Butler are the individuals behind the "Lateral Love® & Spirit of Care for all Humankind 2012 - 2022 Campaign". This campaign is a product of the culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler creating an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well being for all Aboriginal and Islander peoples in this country.
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