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This event will help to bring awareness of the impacts, including mental health impacts, of all forms of violence that Aboriginal people experience within their own personal lives as well as family and community. Education will play a vital role in which we will focus on ways of identifying, building capacity and acknowledging that our culture is a key factor for the healing journey.
The event will be held at the Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden and will begin by a Welcome to Country in the traditional Gumbaynggirr language and the acknowledgment of our elders.
The day will include:
– A cultural dance, which will demonstrate how Aboriginal women hold the strength of their families and community.
– A brief talk on how to identify all forms of violence and the impact it has on our lives and future generations, identifying ways on how we can stop this trans-generational trauma and how we can empower ourselves
– Yarning circle in which people will be able to share stories and songlines.
– Tree planting ceremony: a tree will be planted that will be of cultural significant to Aboriginal people around healing.
– Expressive Art Therapy: an area will be set up for people to do traditional art work through painting, bead-making and rock painting.
Lunch will be provided