Aboriginal people succeeding through ability, opportunity and reward for effort
Wunan Blog News & Updates from the field
Dec 10 2013

“Swimming the River” is how Wunan Chairman Ian Trust explains the key issues facing Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley. The diagram depicts the impact of European settlement, failure of many Aboriginal people to adapt to the changing environment and damage to people and culture that has resulted. It also proposes a solution – Living Change – whereby Aboriginal people accept responsibility for their future, capitalise on their abilities and, with help, learn to “swim the river” and prosper from the opportunities that exist across the region and beyond.


  1. Julie Willersdorf
    Feb 12, 2015

    Thanks, a lovely video I can use with our Koori students in East Gippsland Victoria (GunaiKurnai)

  2. Rajkumar
    Aug 30, 2015

    Beautiful clear and challenging way to explain something that needs urgent action and that is relevant to Indigenous people in many parts of the world. Thank you

  3. david nunn
    Sep 06, 2015

    Congratulations. Best articulation of the core problem and a constructive path forward. I think this needs to be distributed in print forms and adopted as contemporary culture.

  4. Doreen Smith
    Apr 18, 2016

    An excellent analogy. I wish that more Aboriginal people could take hold of this and realise how much power they themselves have in executing change for the generations coming.

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