Nicola Butler was born in Rose Park South Australia. Nicola’s family descends from the Eastern Aranda and Luritja peoples of the central desert regions on her Father’s side and Scottish, English, German and Swedish on her Mother’s side. Nicola’s partner Andrew descends from the Ngarrindjeri peoples from the Coorong and the Barngala peoples from the Port Augusta/Whyalla region. Together they have a delightful son Tyler aged 3 and are jointly committed to working towards a Lateral Violence free society, determined that he will not endure the self-perpetuating intergenerational and trans-generational trauma experienced by so many of our past and present generations.
Having experienced insidious forms of racism throughout her life, Nicola believes that as individuals we are never dealt any situation with which we cannot cope or find within ourselves the resources and resilience to survive. What we need is to see our current and emerging leaders skilling our children and grandchildren with a new way of living, breathing and experiencing culture – nurturing back to health the old ways of caring and sharing.
Co-Founder and Director of Lateral Love Australia, a joint endeavour with the head of her family, William Brian Butler, holding steadfast to the sentiments of Martin Luther King Jr. “The time is always right to do what is right”, the movement is successfully harnessing the power of Love to guide intentions and activate that strength of human spirit to challenge long held stereotypes, changing attitudes and perspectives from the inside out, tackling the once taboo subject of Lateral Violence within Aboriginal and Islander (including the Torres Strait) families and communities across the country.
Nicola’s vision holds the promise of a healed society that has embraced the principles of self-determination, one that has been ‘Aboriginalised’ (the opposite of mainstreaming) and can now see through an Aboriginal Term of Reference (ATR) lens, a society that can be proud of ensuring a future where all children innately expect to reach their full potential just like every non-Aboriginal child across this country by upholding Cultural Safety, providing a culturally safe and secure environment whereby people feel safe and draw strength in their identity, culture and community.
Lateral Love Australia talks about the importance of understanding our own personal culture, and how our own personal cultural values impact upon others, in our perceptions, interactions, interpretations, beliefs and subconscious reckoning as we make our way about in the world, ultimately encouraging respect for all humankind regardless of age, race, creed, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion or disability.
“Cultural safety cannot exist without Lateral Love” – Brian Butler 2013