Healing, Cultural Safety and the Criminal Justice System


The presentation introduces the idea of cultural safety as the stage following cultural awareness and its importance in healing trauma in indigenous communities. With illustrations from the Stan Daniels Correctional Facility and Hollow Water in Canada, and Yarrabah in Queensland, the paper demonstrates the capacity of healing and safety to bring about genuine change.These are the PowerPoint slides used as the basis of a conference paper presented at the ‘Cultural healing in criminal justice service delivery: an identification of best practice and innovation to inform further service design’: National Indigenous Justice CEO Forum held in Brisbane in 2007. As such, they contain a series of talking points that draw on current research into cultural healing, cultural safety, and the implications of these for the criminal justice system, but they do not provide any weighty analysis or discussion.

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