Meet Dion Tatow 👋🏽 He is a an Iman and Wadja man from Central Queensland (mother's side) and South Sea Islander from Ambrim Island in Vanatuu (father's side). He is also the Regional Practice Coordinator for the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak 🖤💛❤️ and one of the experts interviewed on our Stories of Hope and Healing podcast 🎙⠀
Dion shared some great practice insights for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and emphasised the importance of connection 🤝 with community and culture for healing 🌱⠀
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are not only impacted by their own trauma stories, but also the intergenerational ➰ trauma experienced by their parents, grandparents and ancestors. ⠀
While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have experienced significant violence during colonisation, their separation from land 🏞 and family has also been very traumatising. Reconnecting young people and families is an important part in the healing process.⠀
Image: White writing on a teal background “There are all different types of healing and one healing could be just connecting those kids to their local Elders, community groups, sporting groups, because some of them have never had that connection before.” Dion
I love the concept behind Queensland Museum's new exhibition 'This is my heritage.'
Using a combination of still images and film, Queenslanders of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island heritage tell their stories through the personal connections they have to particular objects in the museum collection.
On now, just in time for NAIDOC Week!
The sun is shining & the stage is nearly set for what's going to be another awesome start to NAIDOC week for 2015!
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
If you're in Sydney today, why not come down & check out the fantastic & free NAIDOC in the Park event hosted by the City of Sydney Council in beautiful Hyde Park.
I'm excited & honoured to be the MC for this event again!
There is plenty of fun & activities for all ages so come along & learn, participate & celebrate the oldest continuing culture on earth.
There are performances on the main stage throughout the day, workshops, tours, cooking demonstrations, dancing circle, a marketplace & a massive kids section (Taronga Zoo, Australian Museum, storytelling, traditional dancing, rock climbing, art & basketball & rugby league clinics run by the Sydney Kings & South Sydney Rabbitohs, who are bringing the NRL Premiership trophy they won last year & are allowing everyone to be photographed with it) and a catered area for the elders.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!
The event runs from 11am-3pm.
You can also find out what's happening in your local area by heading to www.naidoc.org.au ✌🏿️