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The Healing Foundation has partnered with New South Wales Aboriginal Affairs to deliver six Aboriginal healing forums over the next twelve month.
The Healing Foundation has partnered with NSW Aboriginal Affairs to deliver six Aboriginal healing forums in 2016/2017.
The discussions follow Mapu Yaan Gurri-Mapu Marrunggirr, an initial healing forum run by Aboriginal Affairs and the Healing Foundation in 2014.
Healing Foundation CEO Richard Weston told Living Black Radio that the forums are an opportunity for Aboriginal Community members to talk directly to both Government and Non-Government agencies and explain and express healing needs giving agencies an opportunity and respond and support aspirations around healing.
Mr. Weston said that healing is a priority in the NSW State Governments plan for Aboriginal people - the Ochre Plan and that the forums are an opportunity for the Aboriginal community to start helping government understand what trauma exists. They aim to help address the pain, hurt and disconnection felt in Aboriginal communities and the deep trauma from policies like the Stolen Generation.
The forums announced by the NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams, who said that they flow from ongoing conversations between Aboriginal people and the NSW Government about how we can best support community-led healing.
Stay tuned for the dates of the forums.
The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation with a focus on building culturally strong, community-led healing solutions. More information is available at www.healingfoundation.org.au