Swimming the River – Wunan, East Kimberley
Ian Trust, Executive Chair of the not-for-profit organisation Wunan Foundation, explains the key issues facing his people, the Aboriginal people of the East Kimberley. Using a metaphor called ‘Swimming the River’, Ian talks about how life was radically changed for his people with the arrival of white settlers. After successfully surviving in a harsh desert environment, Aboriginal people were now faced with the challenge of surviving a completely new, alien way of life. To do this, Ian explains, they must ‘swim the river’ in order to access opportunities such as jobs, housing and business opportunities. The place to learn to ‘swim the river’ is school.