Australia’s First Nations cultures have existed for over 60,000 years and are regarded among the world’s longest continuous living cultures. Such endurance must, almost by definition, maintain harmonious decision-making and a balance with nature as hallmarks. So, as we face new challenges like climate change and a fractured global community, what lessons and examples can our most enduring cultures provide?
Recorded in the Western Australian Legislative Council in Parliament House, Perth. Dr Richard Walley OAM was born, raised, and immersed with a strong cultural link to his people, plant, animal and place. Richard became involved with Aboriginal politics at an early age and was actively involved in the formation and operation of the Aboriginal Housing Board, the Aboriginal Medical Service, Legal Service and the New Era Aboriginal Fellowship. Richard is also a musician, performer and campaigner. As a respected Noongar Elder and a champion of Noongar peoples, he shares his profound knowledge of language, cultural practices and historic injustices – cultivating a deeper respect and recognition of Aboriginal culture. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx