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Christine Anu and Philly. Photo supplied.

The Healing Foundation has collaborated with one of Australia’s most iconic Indigenous female entertainers Christine Anu and Melbourne hip hop artist Philly for the first live performance of Heal Together at the National NAIDOC Ball in Canberra on 6 July 2019.

The Healing Foundation CEO Richard Weston said healing has a range of meanings for different people but the communities we partner with all agree on its importance. ‘Over the past decade, The Healing Foundation has worked with communities to support them to lead their own healing solutions,’ he said.

‘We know that healing is a process that empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities to address the deep wounds caused by trauma. Connecting to culture and identity are critical elements that help our people on their path to a hopeful future.

‘Healing is urgent for our communities. Together we can heal trauma and highlight that a different future is achievable.’

Composed by Christine Anu and Max Lambert, Heal Together provides a message of hope based on telling the truth about Australia’s history, a key message for NAIDOC 2019.

The nation can tune in to the live launch of Heal Together by Christine Anu and Philly on NITV as part of the National NAIDOC Ball broadcast. The Heal Together EP is released with three remixes through ABC Music and distributed through Universal.

A music video directed by Dylan River will be incorporated into the live performance at the NAIDOC Ball by Christine Anu and Philly supported by a young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women’s choir from the Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts. The music video, song recording and live performance was produced by Vicki Gordon Music Productions. The video was filmed in locations including the Torres Strait Islands, Central and South Australia and urban Sydney.

The launch of Heal Together at the NAIDOC Ball coincides with The Healing Foundation’s 10 Year Anniversary.

In Australia’s historical context, healing must involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities healing from trauma. This involves the urgent restoring of language, dance, song and custom.

Heal Together seeks to unite the nation behind a movement for trauma recovery and healing.

The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to heal trauma caused by the widespread and deliberate disruption of populations, cultures and languages over 230 years.  This includes specific actions like the forced removal of children from their families.

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  1. This song sounds like, if I heard it, an intimate song, a song of the heart, a song of art and sorrow and loss and of coming back together. The word “Heal” has one meaning in print but has two meanings verbally said. So I would change the name and make it even more intimate of “You Heal Me”. Then a woman can say it and a man can say it in a duet and it would come out as sensual as the urge for love. if the word “Heal” is heard as “Hear” and it comes out as “You Hear Me” it is nearly the same meaning. The words “You Hear Me is a plead for communication of those who are emotionally wounded.
    “You heal me, you hear me?”

  2. Standing Tall! Heal Me. Brilliant song & production.
    Christine & the rest of the cast………. you can’t be
    bettered, not in the ‘here & now’ or way back then.
    A long time coming – too long! I am sure Gurrumul
    is listening.


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