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Learning about intergenerational trauma can help us see how events of our shared past continue to impact many Indigenous people today.

'Fountain of Tears' sculpture, Colebrook Reconciliation Park, South Australia. Sculpture by Silvio Apponyi.

Have you ever heard the term 'intergenerational trauma'? Not understanding what intergenerational trauma is and how it can impact individuals, families and communities can leave many people wondering why Indigenous Australians can’t just “get over it” and “move on”.

Learning about intergenerational trauma can help us see how events of our shared past continue to impact many Indigenous people today, and can shed light on the complexity of the situation in many Indigenous families and communities.