Thank you for the clarification and distinction made between migrants and aboriginals.
This is the first time that I hear that the term aboriginal is offensive. I remember reading somewhere a while ago that we should not use the term ‘indigenous’ as this is a made up term from the government to describe aboriginals but mostly it is a universal term which doesn’t distinctively apply to Australian aboriginals.
Apologies if I have offended or upset aboriginal people or anyone else. It wasn’t my intention. I love and respect the aboriginal cultures and have particular interest in the dream time.
When it comes to ‘multiculturalism’, I view it as a mixture of the various of cultures including white Anglo-Australians (currently the dominant culture and the largest group numerically speaking), the rest of 200+ ethnicities living in Australia and the First Nation people who I wouldn’t wanna exclude from the rest.
We all live here. We all call Australia home. We all migrated here at some point in history (including the aboriginal migration thousands of years ago according to many anthropologists). I see it as a timeline, where various groups have migrated to this continent and have made it their place.
In regards to mental health, we all respond and react very differently to the issues depending on our viewpoint, our spirituality, ethnic background, age group, sexual orientation, social status, finances, employment, education, environment - the suburb we live in etc.
Misplacement, migration, isolation, the feeling of being different and not belonging are universal experiences that impact on all, whether you are a stolen generation or a migrant or a refugee.
This is of course only my view and as I’m aloud to hold it so is everyone else who may see things in a different light.
We all learn and grow and evolve as we share.
The aboriginal people are under the nine special needs groups and a government priority like the LGBTI people, the culturally and linguistically diverse people, the homeless, the veterans, the remote and isolated people, the disable etc
We all have certain needs and are vulnerable and/or disadvantaged in some way and one size doesn’t fit all.
So in terms of equity, and in terms of accessing services and supports that are relevant to our needs in regards to mental health everyone in this multicultural society needs to be able to seek help and find appropriate supports that are relevant linguistically, culturally, spiritually etc