Dancing with Decolonization

Every one has heard the crabs in the bucket story. Most Indigenous people have heard it applied to themselves and their communities. A big ol’ bucket of Indian crabs pulling at each other so the other can’t move into the suburbs with the mollusks and starfish.

In the words of George Watsky:

“Don’t drag each other down, cause being a crab in a bucket is mad lonely.
Be the crab escaping from crab prison.
Who creates a crab rope out the window made only of crab homies.”

Have ya’ll ever asked why it’s like this? The term lateral violence should ring some bells. If one who is oppressed (aka held back by society) cannot strike upwards (to the powers that be), then they will strike outwards to those who are nearest to them.

Those who are nearest are the children, sacred gifts from the Creator. Family members, aunts, uncles, and…

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Quote of the Day

“My daughter and son caught their first fish where one thousand five hundred generations of their grandmothers and grandfathers caught their first fish. This is forever business. My children’s sons and daughters, and their grandchildren will catch their first fish here on this country, this link in this chain that physically, spiritually and emotionally connects us to the past, to our ancestors, to our grandfathers and grandmothers and to our land and waters can never be broken.”Richard J Frankland

This is ‘Forever Business’ – excerpts from the report…

What is cultural safety? 

Page 14, Paragraph 3

The term first emerged in the context of the Maori nursing fraternity in Auterora/New Zealand. Cultural safety is:

“an environment that is safe for people: where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience, of learning, living and working together with dignity and truly listening” (Williams 1999, pp. 212f)

Commonly, the concept of cultural safety is used in the context of promoting mainstream environments which are culturally competent. But there is a also a need to ensure that Aboriginal community environments are also culturally safe and promote the strengthening of culture.

Lateral Love Australia believes the only true way to eradicate Lateral Violence and the manifestations of this negative force from our families, communities, and societies is to ensure the practice of Cultural Safety is adopted in all areas for all peoples.

True Stories : 002

True Stories : 002.

Reflections: 40 years on from the 1967 Referendum – Page 73

Perpetual grief by Brian Butler

In recognition of the pain, grief and trauma inflicted on the Aboriginal Nations of Australia by the onset of colonisation by the British and all who followed. The mass destruction of the Aboriginal race by the colonisers who killed our people in order to occupy Aborigine’s country: the continent of Australia. Thousands of cases of inhumane acts and practices annihilated our nations and slaughtered our people. Examples of this were the Elliston massacre, the Coniston Station massacre and poisoning of waterholes on the Dreaming tracks and major tribal ceremonial sacred sites across the Australian landscape from one end to the other.

In my opinion the 1967 Referendum did not ease the pain for our people. For instance the parliaments of Australia did not amend their constitutions in any way that gave total recognition to the Aboriginal race.

Most things done for Aboriginal people were just tokenistic and nothing was done by the greater society to outlaw racism. I have ingrained in me zero tolerance towards colonisation of any race of peoples from any part of the world. I deplore assimilation that kills off the race of peoples by dictatorial countries the way the British crushed the Aboriginal nations of Australia.

I have zero tolerance towards the abolition of bilingual education in our schools that worked on our children in the assimilation policy of Australia.

I have indelible memory scars about the horrid rapes endured by my grandmother by the police troopers from Arltunga east of Alice Springs. Nanna Liza was at great pains to tell of her abuse when she was a girl. Nanna was forced to kill her newborn baby by smothering and then burying her in the creek bed at Wipe out, a place not far from Arltunga; this name she muttered on her deathbed.

Then followed the stealing of the children and the screaming separations of babies from mothers. Equally as horrid was when the miners from Arltunga enticed the Aboriginal men to go down in the mines only to have a stick of dynamite thrown down behind them. After the men were killed, the miners would then rape the women and girls left behind in the camps.

Do I think the Referendum eased the pain?

The world may ask …