Fractured Culture: Educare as a Healing Approach to Indigenous Trauma

By Tanietta Delauney.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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In Australia, governments of various persuasions spend many millions of dollars 'tackling' drug and alcohol abuse, high incarceration rates, violence, and other social problems in Indigenous communities. Research shows that trauma and addiction go hand in hand, and Intergenerational Trauma, a complex form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is expressed as violence and drug and alcohol abuse, with poor health, and high rates of injury, death, and imprisonment. Educare, education as healing, is an Indigenous pedagogical approach that uses culturally sensitive protocols and utilises ‘cultural medicine'. A major strength of this approach is the use of Indigenous cultural tools. Weaknesses include the limited number of trained Indigenous practitioners. The importance of this program relies on cultural safety, Educaring and Dadirri as spiritual and holistic healing methods. Research suggests that many social problems are associated with disconnection from traditional cultural and spiritual ways of being. Indigenous peoples have a role to play in developing and implementing culturally safe healing practices. The Indigenous program creates the relational milieu needed for genuine safety and is a recognized psychosocial variable in epidemiological patterns of disease. Healing via educaring is culturally safe and is a genuine Indigenous pedagogical platform used for engaging with culture.

Keywords: Indigenous Trauma, Pedagogies

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.53-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 436.056KB).

Tanietta Delauney

Masters Student, Indigenous College and Equity and Diversity, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, Australia

Tanietta Delauney is an Australian Wiradjuri woman and single parent. She has a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies (Trauma & Healing) degree and has just completed her Master of Indigenous Studies (Wellbeing) at Southern Cross University in NSW, Australia. Tanietta has earned the Golden Key achievement award and also the Gnibi Prize for highest GPA for her academic work in 2012. Tanietta has been working as an out-reach mentor for Indigenous youth, a tutor for Indigenous students and a student ambassador. She is a passionate advocate for community events that support cultural mores and is a volunteer for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, a member of the Indigenous Events Co-ordinating Committee, and of Kids in the Community, among other programs. Her interests include human rights/equity issues, and she is actively involved in creating a better society for Indigenous people.