A respectful program that restores and strengthens Aboriginal identity that is critical to ensuring good mental health and well being in Young People
Survive to Thrive Demystifying Aboriginal Identity (4 Workshops and E-Learning)
This is one of the core trust issues that has been the elephant in the room in regard to any respectful relationship evolving between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal people in modern Australia. It is used as an excuse to do nothing (who is really Aboriginal) or put in the too hard basket by many Australians. Nearly all Aboriginal people also do not understand the cultural identity (Belief System) of Anglo Saxon Australians. We do know this lack of understanding or belief is a catalyst to much of modern Aboriginal families suffering mental health issues, identity crisis and feelings of worthlessness. Surprisingly to me (as an Aboriginal woman) in our comparative research we found Anglo Saxon Australians are also not in touch with their Ancient Identity. We found on the whole neither group recognised why or what drives who they are (in relation to their unconscious default systems that make sense of their daily life) and did not understand how they could inherit certain cultural instincts or traits from long ago ancestors or why people from another culture do the same thing differently.
Demystifying Aboriginal Identity – A youth empowerment program for Indigenous young people to reconnect with their Aboriginal Identity via the Instinctive Belief System they have inherited from thousands of Ancestors. Positive, confidence building with an emphasis on thriving in an education and workplace that requires you to navigate different instincts. – Perfect for students, Pre-employment and improving mental health of Indigenous youth. Areas of traditional learning include: Why am I my ancestors? Why do people from Non-Indigenous Australia do the same things as me differently How to get my message clear How to create a Team Deadly wherever you work, learn or play How to use my Ancient instincts to succeed in any environment
Why I am me? – An Ancient Indigenous mindfulness program for Indigenous young people
Thinking about how footy is played is a good way to think about life and how much we need a great team to succeed. Because Indigenous people are all about relationships and their Kinship group (team), they connect all success with their team and believe that “individual accomplishment” is possible only in relation to how it effects or helps the team. It is always shared.
When you think of Indigenous people’ unbreakable link as part of the group. Each Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person walks around carrying their team with them each day (both consciously and sub-consciously) in everything they do – and it can be a lot of pressure.
For each young person to succeed in footy (life), they must also know the opposition and how they play (what their rules and strategies are), as well as being open to learning new ways of doing and being that come from the other team.
Understanding and recognising your Instinctive belief system (the rules of the game) is one of the most important skills that a young person will ever acquire. Because by understanding the rules and values that shape a person’s behaviour (and that of the opposition), they will be able to take back control over the game, and even learn how to create new patterns and moves that lead to confidence and strengthening to be a great player of the game. Whether a person is looking to kick goals in relationships, career, education, Sport, health or anything else in their personal life — realising the power within inherited from their Ancient Ancestors, can help unlock the positive forces inside and let each young person create the quality of life and winning formula they desire and deserve.
In the Team Ancestors Program (TAP), we use humour (in skits, Team bonding activities and videos) to compare the numerous different learning and communication styles between Australian Indigenous and Non-Indigenous cultures in this country today. What is unique about TAP is that we also arm the participants with the skills to know where their difference to other cultures comes from, and how to overcome or at least learn empathy to allow for this difference in others.
- What is team (Kinship) culture?
- What is a team’s (Culture’s) Instinctive belief System? (Why I am me?)
- Where does a team’s rules (beliefs/values) stem from in Ancient times?
- Why is it that people of another team do the same thing differently? And how this difference can be very funny.
- How to succeed if you join forces with the other team (Playing in both worlds)
- Using your inner powers to reach and exceed your goals
- Gain the ability to rewrite your own rule book to create a way for your unique belief system to exceed on any playing field
For every footy team, there are different things that need to come together if the team wants to play its best and meet its benchmarks for success. This is where we bring in the knowledge of each participants Ancient Ancestors, and how everyone has inherited their ancestor’s ability to work amazingly as a team. Each participant learns “Why I am Aboriginal me?” and that skin colour or cultural knowledge does not define how Aboriginal you are.
But, before the big match, the team also needs to practice hard, develop its skills and fitness, know the rules of the game, and learn to work together on the field. If these things come together, then the team has a good chance of playing well and winning the game. The TAP introduces team bonding activities and the rules the opposition uses (Using humour and fun). This approach develops empathy and understanding of the opposition’s ways of playing. At TDP we ensure each participant gains the tools to know how to play on the other team whilst maintaining their own cultural integrity.
The team also needs to maintain its performance over the whole year, not just for one game. The players must keep working on their skills, and if something goes wrong during a match, the coach, captain and team have to work together to fix the problem, so they can get back to their best form for the next match. The Team Ancestors Program teaches each participant the tools to succeed on whatever team he chooses or needs to play on. TAP also encourages each participant to choose a strength mascot (Totem) to use whenever they need support away from the program and arms each person with new Indigenous supporters and strategies to expand their own cultural knowledge journey.
There are a lot of parallels between the way a footy team works and the way life functions for any person in Australia and using this analogy is important to present and deliver a message. It does not diminish how hard life is for an Aboriginal child trying to establish their own sense of self in the dominant Anglo-Saxon Australia of today. A country where the ways of the people you love (your Kinship group) and how you learn best are invisible most of the time; The awful results of the current situation Aboriginal kids find themselves experiencing daily can be found in the disgraceful and frightening data of incarceration rates and soul distressingly high suicide rates.
Children need a deep cultural identity. a sense of who they are, and a sense of pride in their heritage (after all heritage is your family). When society, through its major institutions, fails to recognise and respect parent’s and children’s cultural differences, it denigrates them and makes them feel that they have no legitimate place in society. Core Values and its behavioural rules and principles help strengthen Indigenous people with an Identity shield that protects them from this lack of respect.
Understanding your Aboriginal ID Program is a great way to empower, build cultural resilience and create empathy across cultural groups for Indigenous young people today struggling to live across two different worlds.
The majority of workplaces in Australia are dominated by Anglo Saxon Australian ways of working. Many have not yet included or even know about Aboriginal ways of working. We give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants the collaborative tools to work effectively across Belief Systems, without diminishing their Cultural integrity.
There needs to be a greater understanding of what drives people’s decision-making, and how to consider and recognise the different perspectives and processes of people outside of a person’s Belief System group
Due to colonisation many Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people are not aware of their own instinctive Belief Systems and the effect it has on their daily interactions in an Anglo Saxon dominated world. Our program “Why I am my ancestors?’ is an innovative course that strengthens Indigenous identity through knowledge and pride in their inherited Instinctive Belief System handed down & gifted by their Ancestors over thousands of years. We also believe it is critical to create awareness of how to respect and work within Non-Indigenous Belief Systems when collaborating.
Why this is important to us
The CultuRecode Research has found to improve well being, it is critical that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people understand not only their own inherited Instinctive Belief System, but also the Belief System of Anglo Saxon Australians as well.
To know how to be successful in anything whether it is on the sporting field or in the workplace, it is critical that each side knows the rules and ways of the other team to create strategies to adjust to their different talents and moves.
We found that knowing your own Instinctive Belief System increases considerably an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person’s understanding of their own behaviour, beliefs and identity that is central to who they are today. Our research also revealed how Ancient Indigenous history affects the present and impacts on the future
Culture Intuitive training can identify and build upon Indigenous Peoples’ strengths both individually and collectively. This learning will promote sharing of knowledge, and practice wisdom as essential to how Indigenous peoples develop and maintain mutually positive and respectful relationships with themselves and those outside of their Instinctive Belief System.
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