‘I have these losses as markers in my life’: A global gathering set to explore trauma and heal old wounds

Indigenous Peoples from all over the world will soon converge in Australia to push the trauma of colonisation into a healing space.

By Julie Nimmo – NITV


Thousands of First Nations people from Australia and abroad are expected to gather on Cadigal Country in Sydney next week to stare down trauma.  The eighth gathering of Healing Our Spirit Worldwide (HOSW) plans to unpack and accost the challenges many Indigenous peoples face, with healing responses like laughter, art, intellect and evidence.

Elder from the Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi nations, and HOSW participant, Dr Lynette Riley says the experience will be different for everyone who attends. “Healing Our Spirit Worldwide is one of those experiences that will help your spirit as an Indigenous person. It’s not aimed to be academic,” she told NITV. “It’s an opportunity for Indigenous peoples from all around the world to talk about things they’ve been doing in their homes, communities and workplaces to promote their culture and heal themselves.

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