Colonial Trauma: Complex, continuous, collective, cumulative and compounding.
published: 2011 | Working paper | Indigenous Research
Colonial Trauma can be utilized to
frame the accountability of governing nations as it points to the political
source of the trauma while referring to a collective versus individual target.
Colonial Trauma accurately reflects the pervasive nature of the crimes
committed against Indigenous peoples and signifies the systematic and
institutionalized violence that is legitimized by policy, law, and other
institutions of government. Colonial Trauma is situated in the present with a
strong historical context, it reflects the long term nature of the crimes
against humanity that are neither a brief human aberration, or a specific
historical event. Colonial trauma is,
therefore, an appropriate term for framing a traumatic era; an era of over five
centuries of political assaults against Indigenous peoples.
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