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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 084 HALT Healthy Aboriginal Life Team



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 084 HALT Healthy Aboriginal Life Team

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2 . 2.0. HALT: THE FUTURE. Andrew Japaljarri Spencer's story. A new name will be given to HALT; an Aboriginal name which has meaning for all Aboriginal people. A name which will mean "renewing of the spirit". Charles Perkins, in a recent ABC programme called it the renaissance of Aboriginal culture. HALT, as a thinking and "dreaming" way, is the process necessary to support Communities to renew and revitalize their spirit. HALT engenders thought amongst people, and how to carry out traditional ways in an adaptive manner, relevant to contemporary life. The men are reclaiming their traditional roles and functions. This reemergence of the male spirit complements the action already being taken by women to create a traditional paradigm for Aboriginal society which will accommodate the social changes happening in their Communities. The HALT process will be taught by Aboriginal Educators within their traditional geographical areas. The Educators will live within their Community, and except for a small administrative cell, all HALT activities will be community based. The paintings on the front and back covers prescribe a traditional teaching process and provide a functional model for Aboriginal action. The initial Educators are at Appendix A. The HALT Educators will be available to: * identify people within their Communities to become Community Workers; * act as liaison people between the Communities and outsider groups; * orientate nonAboriginal staff on Communities to local life-styles, eg. nurses, teachers, administrators; * consult on matters of community importance.