100+ Q&A: Week 1

Welcome to our first three Q&A videos! 


Q1. Richard addresses a statement that is heard frequently. “Aboriginal people were so primitive they didn’t even invent the wheel”.





Q.2 There are lots of skill-based programs rolled out into Aboriginal communities. But what skills are really needed?




Q.3 What can an employer do to help an Aboriginal person join and remain in the workforce?


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About Richard Trudgen

Richard was born in Orange NSW and trained as a fitter and turner. He moved to Arnhem Land in the NT in 1973 and became a community worker, learning to speak Djambarrpuyŋu. He’s now been working with Yolŋu people for over 40 years. He was the CEO of Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) for 10 years during which time he developed discovery education methodology with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM and also established Yolŋu Radio in 2003. He is the author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die and facilitates ‘Bridging the Gap’ seminars, and delivers corporate training. He is currently the CEO of Why Warriors Pty Ltd, a community development organisation that empowers Yolŋu and other First Nations people by providing access to information, and builds understanding between Indigenous peoples and the Dominant Culture. In 2015 he was a finalist for the NT Senior Australian of the Year Award.

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  1. Patrick Steinemann

    As a non Aboriginal Australian living in Hawaii, I am very keen on hearing the Aboriginal Voice , which missing from main stream media, yet a fundamental voice for humanity.
    In the Q&A Video Serie, which I greatly enjoy watching, it is mentioned to contact if we have a question to ask that we would like to see a video about. I would like to ask of Richard Trudgen to explain whether in Aboriginal Mythology and Religion, exist stories relating to the Apocalypse. It seems to me that they all concern themselves instead with Creation as opposed to monotheist religion that focus on fear and end of the world scenario, It would be interesting to know. Keep up the good work!