Decolonising identity stories

Decolonising practice

An introduction from Tileah Drahm-Butler

Decolonising Identity Stories

Tileah Drahm-Butler discusses how narrative therapy can be used as a decolonising practice.



Now you can read Tileah’s chapter on the same topic:

Decolonising identity stories: Narrative practice through Aboriginal eyes

This chapter is from the book Aboriginal narrative practice: Honouring Storylines of price, strength and creativity by Barbara Wingard, Carolynanha Johnson and Tileah Drahm-Butler

Closing words from Tileah

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  1. Warwick Wallace

    I reflect back now how clear stories were told by our old people that were in detail and created that imagery to embed into our minds as children but also how it can be engaged in therapeutic conversations towards healing. Very powerful.


    As someone who has studied narrative therapy from a Western lens (as I learned about it through my western education), the idea of narrative therapy being decolonizing is extremely powerful. I have worked in indigenous communities in Canada for years and have often found that “counselling” or “therapy” and my position as a social worker is often situated in a colonial framework. If the basis of the work its self is colonial, what hope do I have to do my work in a decolonizing way. I had known that Narrative Therapy came from Indigenous frameworks and was taken and westernized. But to hear how narrative therapy was intended to be and how at its heart it is decolonizing is really powerful for me. It allows me to better situate individual experiences in the collective in my work and properly acknowledge the history of colonization and how that in turn affects the story of the individual I am working with. I also love how it brings forward the stories of the ancestors and the skills and knowledge that have been passed down. I am very excited to continue to learn more.

  3. petronela

    Decolonization is not a term that is usually used in our everyday conversation. So this presentation helped to understand the term much much better, and i believe the knowledge with be useful when offering therapy services.

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