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Colin MOORE

Year of Award: 2011 Award State: Victoria Social Welfare > Indigenous
To study the interface between contemporary and traditional healing methods for youth that support transition to adulthood - UK, USA, Canada
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Colin Moore, from Victoria, also talks about the Churchill Fellowship as ‘a life-long journey’. Colin’s uncle, Ross Moore, had a big impact on him and on the greater Aboriginal community to which he belonged. Colin writes in his report that his uncle ‘inspired me to follow on the path of seeking direction and inspiring young people to believe they can achieve great things in this life.’

Colin was able to fulfil his vocation, his ambitions reinforced by being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2011 to uplift and liberate Aboriginal young people. He wanted to use cultural knowledge to help young people to overcome challenges such as addiction.

Colin travelled to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to explore this. In Washington’s Spokane Valley he encuntered the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, a 90 day substance abuse healing centre, ‘which draws strongly upon cultural knowledge to give young people the best chance of overcoming the challenges of their addiction and life.’ He writes in his report that the people there welcomed him ‘with open arms’ and the experience was ‘full of insight, warmth and connection.’

Colin concludes after his journey that cultural ceremonies and activities are healing and they should be shared with young people of all nations, since ‘in cultural knowledge, in all its depth and simplicity, lies the key to harmonious living.’

In order to help Aboriginal young people in Australia Colin continues travelling to many places in this country using traditional and cultural healing methods to support the youth in their transition to adulthood.

Excerpt from “Inspiring Australians” written by Penny Hanley (2015)

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