Lateral violence is the power and control used by a dominating authority and individuals to disconnect and decimate a peoples or persons nationhood birthrights, to their spiritual and cultural heritage, self and cultural identity and ‘sense of being’, by means of colonisation processes that ‘normalise’ institutionalise systems of violent intimidation, manipulation and deception politically, religiously, legitimately , governmentally and socially.

Yavu-Kama-Harathunian 2010-2012.

“Assimilation has always been a one way street to the detriment of all colonised nations and we see a big difference between ‘mainstreaming’ and ‘professionalising through an Aboriginal Terms of Reference’, let’s reclaim the later as ‘Aboriginalising’. Unfortunately what we are accustomed to seeing rolled out across our communities through programs and services is ‘mainstreaming’, non-Aboriginal models of practice, views and perspectives based on the ‘other’.

Mainstreaming policies and guidelines are being enacted not only by non-Aboriginal people, but also by some of our own people who have been misled into thinking that the western way is the only way. What we need to see more of, is the development of our own programs and services, designed and implemented to a professional standard, because we all deserve that, whilst adhering to an Aboriginal Terms of Reference (ATR) meaning by our own people, for our own people, for the right reasons.

It is high time we started seeing non-Aboriginal programs and services being built upon, and based around, First Nations’ morals and ethics. Let’s turn things upside down, turn that one way street into a multilane highway and ‘Aboriginalise’ mainstream programs and services, we would then see the benefits positively impact on all of Humanity.”

~ Brian Butler & Nicola Butler

© Lateral Love Australia 2012


What is Cultural Safety?

“Cultural safety by definition concerns the experience one feels in their physical surroundings born out of interactive behaviours and perceptions based on individual values, morals, standards and ethics.

We must have an understanding of our own personal culture, and of how our own personal cultural values impact upon others, particularly in regard to our interaction, interpretation, beliefs and subconscious reckoning as we make our way about in the world, regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability.

A culturally safe and secure environment is one where people feel safe and draw strength in their identity, culture and community.

Cultural safety cannot exist without Lateral Love”

~ Brian Butler & Nicola Butler

© Lateral Love Australia 2012


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