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Who is going to carry on this knowledge when we're all gone?

Dec 03, 2018

DKA's Michael Liddle talks about his program Codes 4 Life on CAAMA Radio

Ahead of Codes 4 Life work­shops that will be held in Ten­nant Creek this week, DKA’s Michael Lid­dle has been inter­viewed on CAA­MA Radio by Philippe Perez. Codes 4 Life is a pro­gram for Abo­rig­i­nal men in Cen­tral Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ties that focus­es on iden­ti­ty, respon­si­bil­i­ty and legacy.

Michael has iden­ti­fied a cul­ture swing” in Abo­rig­i­nal men, whom he says are not show­ing dis­ci­pline, lis­ten­ing to Elders or show­ing respect for West­ern rules. Dis­trac­tions like alco­hol and drugs pre­vent mid­dle-aged Abo­rig­i­nal men from tak­ing up the baton of lead­er­ship from their Elders, who are con­cerned about who will car­ry on cul­tur­al knowl­edge once they’re gone. 

Elders are cut­ting off the road to knowl­edge because of the dis­re­spect shown for Abo­rig­i­nal law,” Michael says. 

In turn, with­out an old­er gen­er­a­tion to guide them, Abo­rig­i­nal boys risk grow­ing up with­out the ben­e­fit of the voice of cul­ture

Michael believes that plac­ing Elders front and cen­tre of Codes 4 Life work­shops will help recon­nect Abo­rig­i­nal men with their culture.

It was the Elders who encour­aged me to devel­op a work­shop about these issues.“

Michael says that many Abo­rig­i­nal men are caught between the white­fel­la way and the black­fel­la way, but not real­ly adher­ing to either. Codes 4 Life teach­es men the respect for rules (both West­ern and Abo­rig­i­nal) that will guide them towards a bet­ter path and help them flour­ish as strong lead­ers of their communities. 

Lis­ten to the full interview:

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Michael Lid­dle, cre­ator of the Codes 4 Life pro­gram that’s mak­ing a big impact in Cen­tral Australia


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