Take up tertiary study and be rewarded
I am a Miriuwung Marda-Marda from the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Perth is my birth country, and for me the movement between the South West and the Kimberley region of WA has become a kind of pathway that crosses the many countries and stories that are part of my foundation and my history.
Mine was a somewhat crooked pathway to education. I was the first person in my family to finish high school and I began studies in Science at the University of Western Australia whilst supporting myself as a cleaner, bicycle courier, kitchenhand and labourer.
I began researching the stories of the removal of my people, working in collaboration with co-author and writer Lauren Marsh, in the south of WA, and combined this work with completing projects in heritage management, documentary film-making and community development.
I went on to complete Honours in Sustainable Development at Murdoch University. I have been subsequently involved in a number of community based projects.
This work has largely focused on community development and sustainability, as well as confronting problems of substance abuse that affect our communities.
It’s very difficult to say which work I am most proud of although it would have to include the book Shadow Lines, published in 2004.
Some say that "knowledge is power". I’d say rather, that "knowledge is powerful".
Creating something powerful, beyond your own existence is a wonderful achievement. If you take up tertiary study, have faith in the journey and you will be rewarded.