In my 20 years working with Indigenous youth, I often seen good kids struggling with social challenges go down bad paths, paths I almost took. Fortunately, I was blessed with incredible opportunities to grow and to learn about my culture and the history of my people. This knowledge has strengthened my identity, self-respect, and pride ultimately changing the way I carry myself through life. But not everyone has access to the same opportunities I've had.
Delivering cultural awareness training while working with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre, I realised just how little non-Indigenous Australians knew about the culture and history of my people. More importantly, I witnessed the change in attitudes that came with this knowledge, the shock, genuine appreciation, and respect that followed.
This is my contribution to change, my passion and purpose.