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Intergenerational Trauma Animation

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    [Ethereal music.]
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    The story of our communities,
    people, and nation
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    starts a long, long
    time ago.
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    [Music]
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    More than 60,000 years,
    in fact.
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    [Music.]
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    This was when our culture
    and our law
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    first started to thrive.
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    [Music.]
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    We knew who we were,
    and where we belonged.
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    We took care of each other,
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    our land, and our waters.
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    We ate food that
    made us healthy.
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    Lived on country,
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    and abided by our laws,
    and songlines.
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    Our families, our children,
    were happy,
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    with strong minds and hearts,
    because
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    they were where they belonged.
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    [Strong music.]
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    [Soft heartbeat.]
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    But, then...
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    everything changed.
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    Colonization came,
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    bringing wars, disease,
    famine.
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    Violence.
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    And the destruction
    and violation
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    of our cultural laws,
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    sacred sites,
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    families,
    and communities.
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    We were denied our knowledge,
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    language, ceremonies,
    and identity.
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    The very things that tell us
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    who we are,
    and where we belong.
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    And our connections
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    with each other, and the land,
    grew weak.
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    And then,
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    our children
    were taken from us.
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    They had their names changed,
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    and their identities stripped away.
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    They were told
    that aboriginal people were bad.
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    Worse still,
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    they were told
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    that their parents,
    and grandparents,
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    did not want them.
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    For years, this happened.
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    Those children became known
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    as "The Stolen Generations."
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    Our children were denied love,
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    and experienced physical, emotional,
    and sexual abuse.
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    This left very deep,
    very complex,
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    and very real wounds,
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    leaving scars that are
    still being felt
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    personally, socially,
    spiritually, and collectively.
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    In the time
    when our story started,
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    we were able to parent
    in the cultural way
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    that has seen our family
    survive and thrive,
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    for generations.
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    Our people were strong,
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    and our culture flowed,
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    and healed us
    in times of hurt.
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    But, since the trauma
    of colonization
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    and the stolen generations,
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    we have not been able to heal
    in the same way.
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    We have unknowingly passed
    this trauma to our children,
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    through sharing our sad stories,
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    and having them witness
    and experience our pain.
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    This is known as
    Intergenerational Trauma.
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    We see symptoms today,
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    in broken relationships,
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    disconnected families,
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    violence, suicide,
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    and drug and alcohol abuse.
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    But, this is not
    where our story ends.
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    We still have
    strong minds and hearts,
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    and we still know
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    who we were,
    and where we belong.
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    By creating safe and strong
    communities together,
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    supporting our families
    to be free from pain,
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    returning to our culture,
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    and building a strength
    of identity,
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    we can stop the cycle
    of trauma,
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    and bring about
    positive intergenerational change,
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    so that we can continue
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    to thrive for the next
    60,000 years.
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    There are simple things
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    that we can all do,
    to help heal our trauma.
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    Visit
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    healingfoundation.org.au
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    to find out more.
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Intergenerational Trauma Animation
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