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  • Spirit Walker Clinton Pryor, Uncle Talguim Edwards and Aunty Pam Pederson at welcome afternoon tea Victoria. Aboriginal Health Service Fitzroy 070617 (Charendev Singh)
Spirit Walker, Clinton Pryor is man with a serious cause. He's on his journey to "find a truth and find a way" as he continues his walk from Perth to Canberra to raise awareness and learn more about human rights issues and the strength of people in First Nations communities.
English
By
Kirstyn Lindsay, Presented by
Crystal Clyne

8 Jun 2017 - 5:52 PM  UPDATED 8 Jun 2017 - 6:13 PM

Spirit Walker Clinton Pryor, is a Wajuk Balardung Kija and Yulparitja man from Western Australia who has been on his 'Walk For Justice' since leaving Perth in September 2016.

Clinton has set out to deliver strong messages on behalf of the people and communities that he and his team have met along the way. He plans to meet the Governor General in Canberra at Parliament House..

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy held a welcome afternoon tea for him this week before he set off through the city to Federation Square with the Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance, activists and community members in a demonstration to speak out on issues of justice for First Nations people. The rally held up the traffic to hold space in the circle (intersection) at Flinders Street Station.

Clinton says he set out originally set out on this journey to Canberra to see for himself and sit down with Elders and listen and find out what is going on in the communities, with people who don't access social media.

"I decided to go on a journey because I wanted to find a truth a find a a way and I knew myself that you can not rely on media"

Clinton says "The messages I'll be bringing is is that we going to be addressing a lot of the issues that's been happening in communities like the poverty, the third world conditions, no jobs to our mob out that way."

He says "On top of that the food prices are very high out there, the condition of housing is really bad and they should have been looked after, if this government is for the people."

"Most of the emails I get say the Elders want full control of the communities again."

Clinton says other issues important to him is the destruction of sacred sites from mining and the issue of power being cut off in communities. Clinton will continue his walk to Sydney before walking into Canberra, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and Parliament House.

 

The interviews in the podcast includes Meriki Onus, Clinton Pryor and Aunty Doreen Lovett at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service. Photographer: Charendev Singh.