Now is a crucial time to infuse culture, support and community for our children and for all children. Especially necessary as Dawe says, who speaks from the Aboriginal and Torre Straight Islander perspective, speaking of the impact of trauma,
Dawe told Guardian Australia it “made him cry” to see how high the rates of despair were among young Indigenous people. Dawe said. “There needs to be culturally appropriate, empathetic and holistic programs that have been built within the community themselves and driven by the young people and engaged with our elders.
“I believe having culture at the heart of a service gives a young person a feeling of belonging, hope, connection, fulfilment and purpose in their lives.
“We seriously need to act promptly, proactively and collectively as a nation to address this critical problem.”
Questions you may want to ask yourself or your organizations, business, service:
- What or how is my organization supporting vulnerable youth and children?
- What can my organization do?
- How can I give back to a program that supports youth and children?
- What and how can I be a role model or mentor?
- How can I support culturally appropriate programs that benefit the community I live in, that I serve, that serves all children?
- How can I help to support life long relationships, support, lifelines?
- What and how does this look?