Intergenerational trauma is a form of historical trauma that is transmitted across generations. It particularly affects the children, grandchildren and other descendants of the Stolen Generations.
The Healing Foundation aims to acknowledge and address the devastating impact intergenerational trauma has had on young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our goal is to assist young people to heal from their distress and prevent the continuing transmission of trauma through future generations. Our intergenerational trauma projects aim to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of young people by strengthening cultural connectedness and identity, providing opportunities for individual and family healing, and building skills to manage pain and loss in a way that allows for a hopeful future.
Our projects have over 300 children and 120 family members participating in healing activities each year.
At the Murri School in Brisbane, the project has led to significant reengagement with education for both students and their parents. It has also substantially increased the capacity of families to engage with a range of primary and mental health, social, educational, family support and legal services, with the school now operating as a ‘hub’ for service delivery.
Following the success of our pilot intergenerational trauma projects in Brisbane and Darwin, we are now working with Bourke High School and Brewarrina Central School to develop school-based healing initiatives.