Exploring stories of hope

The practice of exploring stories is as important to First Nations peoples today as it has been for 60,000 years. But how many First Nations families are currently able to have these conversations in mainstream services? How can non-Aboriginal practitioners provide the opportunities for hopeful and meaningful storytelling within services that are often time-limited, mandated or assessment-based?

The following practice tips and stories have been gathered by First Nations practitioners, who have also shared their experiences in encouraging storytelling and hope in their own work with First Nations children and families. This has come to be known as ‘promising practice’ and is considered important in the provision of culturally sensitive, responsive, accessible and respectful service provision.