An insight into the Aboriginal frame of reference

Understanding Attachment


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THE ABORIGINAL CHILD AND KINSHIP SYSTEMS: RETHINKING ATTACHMENT THEORY

  • Acknowledgement of country
  • Cultural warning
  • Introduction to indigenist theory
  • Introduction to Aboriginal kinship systems
  • Where and how children fit into the kinship systems
  • Where, how, and with whom attachment bonding occurs
  • How attachment and bonding are supported, invigorated and progressed through the life cycle
  • Question and answer time

HOW THE PRESENTATION WILL PROCEED

By not looking at where [we’ve] come from, [we] cannot know where [we] are going, or where it is [we] should go. It follows that [we] cannot understand what it is [we] are to do, or why. In [our] confusion, [we] identify with the wrong people, the wrong things, the wrong tradition. [We] therefore inevitably pursue the wrong goals and objectives, putting last things first and often forgetting the first things altogether, perpetuating the very structures of oppression and degradation [we] think to oppose (Churchill, 1996, p. 510).

What is an Indigenist ideology?

How is it formed?

INDIGENIST IDEOLOGY

  • What is meant by the term Indigenism?
  • Who are the leading theorists internationally and nationally?
  • Is Indigenism a new concept or way of working in Australia?
  • What does it look like in practice?
  • Why should facs practitioners know about Indigenism?

UNPACKING INDIGENISM

“A body of knowledge by Indigenous scholars in the interest of Indigenous peoples for the purpose of self-determination. Indigenism is multi-disciplinarywith the essential criteria being the identity and colonising experience of the writer. Similarly, by the term Indigenist I mean the body of knowledge by Indigenous scholars in relation to research methodological approaches”

(Rigney, 2001, p. 1).

INDIGENIST THEORY

  • Medical Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Educators
  • Psychologists
  • Scientists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Anthropologists
  • Sociologists
  • Social Workers
  • Policy makers
  • Service deliverers

INDIGENIST THEORY –MULTI DISCIPLINARY

  • Individual and Family Counselling
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling
  • Working with mental health issues
  • Building resilience
  • Revitalising Law and Culture

INDIGENIST THEORY –IN PRACTICE

Case examples

Disengaged children in a Primary School in NSW

Incorporating Dreaming Stories into theory and practice

WHAT DO EUROPE AND ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA HAVE IN COMMON?Geography results in difference

  • Food
  • Language
  • Music
  • Dress style
  • Art
  • Totems
  • Cultural practices

Everyone knows that Jewish and Muslim people don’t eat certain foods.

Did you know that Aboriginal Australians don’t eat certain foods and why?

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT ABORIGINAL KINSHIP IS DIFFERENT, BUT HOW?

MY INTERPRETATION OF DIFFERENT ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN KINSHIP SYSTEMS WRITTEN ABOUT BUT NOT ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHORS