Historical Trauma

Historical trauma and whānau violence

Hosted by New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse

This webinar on Historical Trauma was presented by Professor Leonie Pihama on 31 October 2019, see more here

See presentation slides here

Conversation Circle – Exchange for change: communities and universities coming together

Three Rivers and Ngungilanna Indigenous Student Centre were pleased to co-host a conversation circle featuring two renowned indigenous academics: Kaupapa Mãori educator and scholar, Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato in New Zealand; and Professor Sue Green, Professor of Indigenous Studies at CSU. These academics share deep commitments to indigenous education and the value of indigenous methodologies for research that supports the preservation and expansion of indigenous knowledge.

Part 3 – Associate Professor Leonie Pihama, Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato

The conversation focused on the idea of Exchange for change: communities and universities coming together and the event attracted people from our academic, local and student communities. Sue and Leonie eloquently addressed a range of issues, including the significance of tribal lands and language for improving the health and wellbeing of indigenous people who have been displaced and traumatised through the ongoing effects of colonialism.

They argued that reducing persistent health inequalities between indigenous and non-indigenous populations requires understanding how caring for tribal lands and country unfolds into caring for oneself and each other. Language is key to enabling these capacities for caring because ‘within language are the rules for how to live’, and it expresses ways of being that are otherwise inexpressible.

Sue and Leonie talked about the trauma of colonialisation and its ongoing, reverberating effects on indigenous people’s lives. Their observation that, in different ways, all Australians are recovering from the trauma of colonialisation presented new angles for reflecting on the ongoing and unresolved effects of white settlement. With urgent needs to respond to climate change, they suggested that we need to find a way to live in our countries and settler societies have much to learn from indigenous and Aboriginal people about how to do this…

(Event Review by Professor Deb Warr, TR Senior Principal Research Fellow)

See more at Three Rivers Department of Rural Health at Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University Lecture 2019

Māori Associate Professor and leading human rights activist, Leonie Pihama took some time out from her recent visit to CSU in Wagga and Bathurst to give a public lecture.

He Oranga Ngākau presentation by Professor Linda Smith
Land, Language and Learning: Living in Good Relations
Understanding trauma and healing from a Māori perspective

A presentation from He Oranga Ngākau project given by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith at the Longhouse at UBC on Unceded Territory of the Musqueam people.


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