We are now recording the “Healing on Country Report” and documentary film for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders across Australia as a platform to be clearly heard and provide the opportunity to assert their capacity to heal their Youth on their Country. Suicide and self-harm have reached crisis proportions within First Nations Communities across Australia. Despite federal and state government investment over the last decade suicide and self-harm incidents have increased substantially. A report released by the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission in December 2020 highlighted that the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had worsened across a number of critical wellbeing measures. Most alarmingly the rate of First Nations deaths from suicide and self-harm increased by 40 per cent over the decade to 2018. The crisis in our Communities only adds to the normalisation of self-harm and suicide.
Across the globe where there are dispossessed indigenous Communities – like Australia, Canada and New Zealand – there are also alarmingly high rates of self-harm and suicide. While the causes are complex the common thread amongst these First Nation populations is the disconnection from Culture. This First Nations led project is a key step to building mutual respect and trust between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and key decision makers to change the current federal and state government approach to supporting Community led Cultural healing.
Well beyond mobile phone range and led by Hope Vale Elders of Cape York, healing on Country takes place. Our focus for 2021 remains funding four Mens Healing Camps and create . Please view this film to understand the importance of Indigenous youth being with their Elders in a Cultural and natural environment where peer group pressure and other negative external forces are not present.
This project supports the well being and basic needs for Elders to be on Country with their Community to provide a strong uninterupted base for ongoing Cultural mentoring camps.
In 2014 TCP travelled from Cape York to the Kimberley to record and produce “The Elders Report into Preventing Indigenous Self Harm and Youth Suicide”.This Report is important it is directly transcribed from recordings with Elders and Community leaders about ending self harm and suicide. Widely acknowledged as a true voice for Cultural healing the report provides real answers and emphasises the importance of Elder and Community led Culturally empowering initiatives for remote and semi remote Communities.