Presentation on theme: "Ethnostress: The Disruption of the Aboriginal Spirit A SMARTRISK Learning Series Presentation November 27, 2007 Prepared by: Diane Hill - Aboriginal."— Presentation transcript:
1 Ethnostress: The Disruption of the Aboriginal Spirit A SMARTRISK Learning Series Presentation November 27, Prepared by: Diane Hill - Aboriginal Education Consultant - First Nations Technical Institute
2 Ethnostress: The Disruption of the Aboriginal Spirit Aboriginal Ethnicity & Its Associated StressStemming From The Disruption Of The Cultural Beliefs That Foster A Positive Native IdentityEthnostress Is The Result Of Oppressive Conditions Forced Upon A People In Their Own Environment
4 Report of Royal Commission On Aboriginal Peoples, 1996 The Constitution Act of 1867 – Indians And Lands Reserved For IndiansCanadian Government Adopted A Policy Of AssimilationTo move all Aboriginal Peoples from Their Helpless “Savage” State To One of Self-Reliant Civilization
5 It [civilizing] required a concerted attack on the ontology, on the basic cultural patterning of the children and on their world view.They had to be taught to see and understand the world as a European place within which only European values and beliefs had meaning: thus, the wisdom of their cultures would seem to them only savage superstition.A wedge had to be driven not only physically between parent and child, but also culturally and spiritually. (p. 341)
6 Oppression Creates Oppressive Behaviour Patterns Human Beings remember what they did to survive their pain.A similar stressful or painful experience will cause the memory or internal tape recording to go off.Human beings then react to new situations with old behaviour.
7 Ethnostress As The Underlying Problem/Issue: Disruption in the transmission of Aboriginal Cultural philosophy due to impact of Residential SchoolInternalization of oppressive messages about being a Native person has impaired the psychological & social development of Aboriginal people
8 The Behaviours of Ethnostress Contradiction in Values/BeliefsFrozen NeedsInternalized StereotypesLoss of Faith & Belief in One’s CultureInternal Factionalism
9 The Behaviours of Ethnostress The Narrowing of CultureCulture Under GlassAdoption of Survivalist Behaviours
10 The Aboriginal Community Context: Requires Healing and A Move towards Whole Person Development through the teaching/re-learning of Aboriginal cultural philosophy that can be used to help Native adult learners transform their perception of themselves, others and the world more broadly.
11 An Aboriginal Approach to Whole Person Development BODYMINDSPIRITEMOTION
12 An Aboriginal Approach to Whole Person Development PHYSICALMENTALINTUITIVEEMOTIONALRELATIONAL
13 An Aboriginal Approach to Whole Person Development PRESERVATIONAWARENESSBUILDINGSTUGGLE
14 An Aboriginal Approach to Whole Person Development Acting on itDOINGSeeing itVISIONINGKnowing itUNDERSTANDINGRelating to itFEELING
15 Holistic Healing: Requires A Decolonizing Methodology The dismantling of these old behaviours or “distress patterns” in order to break the hold that they have on a person’s thinking, creativity and ability to sustain healthy and functional relationships with one’s self and others.A reclaiming and relearning of one’s Aboriginal cultural philosophy, traditions and customs to promote a positive Native identity.
16 Creating Partnerships and Services for Aboriginal People Often Means The Promotion of Aboriginal Cultural Beliefs and PracticesAboriginal Approach to Holistic Healing & Health Promotion: Requires a learning/teaching methodology or a service delivery method or a program design that emphasizes whole person development for the purposes of personal and social transformation.
17 Whole Person Development to Combat the Ethnostress Is Accomplished by Aboriginal People Via:Sweat Lodge CeremoniesFasting RitesPersonal Medicine SocietiesHealing CirclesStorytelling: For the Purpose of Reviewing Life Experiences and their Impact on the Person/People