Aboriginal people are sadly over represented in the justice system in Australia and this is closely associated with a loss of spirit and social cohesion.
FISH is developing initiatives that will work with Aboriginal people currently in contact with the justice system and those at risk of offending to help them light a fire within so they may regain spirit and connection with mind, body, and land.
Cultural Healing & Awareness
FISH is working with the Department of Justice in Western Australia to assist incarcerated Aboriginal people with Cultural Healing and Awareness. This enables them to bring positive change to their self. Through lighting their own fire within and continuing the journey of understanding their own story, they recognise their own self-worth and bring healing to their spirit. The work of FISH plants a seed and then helps it grow.
The initiative helps break the cycle of generational involvement in the justice system. Participants learn through ‘yarning’ to share their own story with others. They gain a deeper understanding of the generational impact of trauma and how to begin rebuilding their lives through personal responsibility and learning to express themselves both verbally and through art.