Cross-cultural skills

What is cultural competency?
Some may think cultural competency is the same as cultural awareness. However cultural awareness is only one small aspect of it. Cultural competency teaches a whole range of knowledge and skills that are not covered in most general cultural awareness…
Two Way Abuse in Aboriginal Communities
Last week we heard the news that a nursing sister was killed in the small community of Fregon. A young man has been charged and we are yet to hear the full story. I first remember hearing about the community…
The lights are on but nobody is home
Different Ways of Communicating Question: “How do I work with limited eye contact and little obvious response from Aboriginal clients? Also, do we talk too much?” Have you ever sat down and talked to a person with a different cultural…
Not Being Like Buffalo “Calling Cards”
 Community Development Tip – December 2014 Building trust and relationships Question: “I expect I’ll be doing fly in/out work as a doctor once I graduate. How should I go about forging links with the communities, given so little time to…
Dharaŋanawuy – deep mutual respect and understanding
This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning…
What is real community development?
Community Development Questions December 2013 As mentioned in our newsletters, we are going to try to answer community development questions from readers.  If you have any questions about working in Aboriginal communities please send them in. The two questions I…
Why learn an Aboriginal language?
Learning an Aboriginal language has so many advantages that you could write a book about it. Sadly, because of the way the dominant culture views Aboriginal languages, many of them are dying out and we are losing powerful academic concepts…
The Dangerous and Costly Intercultural Grey Zone
It seems strange when you think about it. While well funded and well resourced dominant culture personnel come and go to Aboriginal communities, the not so well resourced AHED/Why Warriors workers stick in there. Why? Is it because of the…
My body is owned by this land
Jessie Pangas, a member of the AHED Project team, explores the concept of “home” in an interview with two Yolngu couples in Galiwin’ku. How many homes have you lived in? For me the answer is 21 and now I am…
Is Why Warriors Cross-Cultural Training Relevant Outside of Arnhem Land?
                  Is Why Warriors cross-cultural training relevant for others outside of Arnhem Land? This is a question that we are asked quite often when people approach us to meet their training needs.…