Resilience – from an Indigenous perspective

Yaama everyone,

Resilience for some may well seem to be an internal state or an individual trait but people within a collective culture, like our First Nations, may have a different lived experience of resilience.

Today, PeerThinc acknowledges the Anniversary of the Apology – the day years ago when then Prime Minister acknowledged painful historic government policies had impacted terribly upon Australia’s first Nations people. He said ‘Sorry’ which many generations needed to hear, to feel validated of the pain and ongoing trauma they had experienced.

PeerThinc graciously attended Reconciliation SA hosted breakfast at the Convention Centre on Kaurna Country, South Australia and were immersed in the lyrics from musician Frank Yaama, the profound truth-telling shared by living treasures – survivors of the Stolen Generation and Welcome to Country by Uncle Major 'Moogy' Sumner, a senior Ngarrindjeri man. Through the morning, the speakers repeatedly used the term ‘resilience’ and what that term meant to them. How they stayed resilient despite their horrific experiences – and PeerThinc understands.

We continually support that resilience is not an internal state one is born with, it is nurtured and evolves through experiences, connection to networks, connection to self and connection to values and much more. It could be said that culture grows resilience and Peer Thinc is here to grow your connection to resilience. PeerThinc stand firm as allies with Aboriginal Australians and acknowledge that saying Sorry is important but it also means ‘Don’t do it again’.

PeerThinc welcomes an opportunity to work with your agency to help embed pro-resilience practices and change reform and help you contribute to the positive change needed. Please contact us for further information.

Image credit: Luis Galvez (@louiscesar)

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