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Colonial Trauma: Complex, continuous, collective, cumulative and compounding.


Mitchell, T.

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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