Welcome to a special NAIDOC Week edition of Time to Listen.
NAIDOC Week is a celebration of Indigenous Australian culture, history and achievement, and is also an important period in the calendar for listening, reflection and healing.
The theme for 2021, Heal Country, is a call to action. It is a powerful reminder that reconciliation is not beyond our capability as a nation. All of us, as individuals and communities, can make the choice to realise it.
This week, we are speaking with Warren Clements, a performing arts teacher at Djarragun College. Warren is an Indigenous man who is descended from the Wakaman and Kunjal nations. He has exceptional knowledge of Indigenous culture, and a deep care for preserving it through the coming generations.
Warren takes the time to explain what reconciliation means to him personally, and describes how Djarragun College is achieving the process of reconciliation. He also explains how younger generations inherit ancient cultural stories through various forms of language, and outlines the moral significance of them.
Warren completes the conversation by recalling his career as a performing artist. He has performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on a few occasions. He recounts one particularly enlightening aspect to his third performance for Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip. Ever heard of Prince Philip’s ‘spear throwing gaffe’? We reckon that you haven’t heard the perspective that Warren cares to share.
Thank you for taking the time to listen.