Peter grew up in the Muli Muli Aboriginal Community in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. As a young man, Peter was part of a large family and closely connected with the local indigenous community. He enjoyed the society and culture of his people, including traditional bush tucker.
Peter transitioned to the support of Achieve Australia following his recovery from his physical injuries. He participates in My Life Day Programs in Casino, some distance from his roots in the Muli Muli community.
On the initiative of Zach Ford, his Social Educator, Peter is now reconnecting with his indigenous heritage.
Achieve provides transport for Peter to join regular gatherings of an indigenous men’s group in Tweed Heads. The group includes men from many tribes and clans in the region. They range in age from teenagers up to elders.
Through this group, Peter has been able to participate in bush tucker classes where he’s foraged for and cooked foods as diverse as kangaroo and wild vegetables.
The group also discusses culturally appropriate solutions to community issues such as men’s health, breakdown of family relationships, violence, drugs and alcohol, and post-prison release programs.
Peter can communicate but speaks slowly and has lost mobility in his legs. Social Educator Zach Ford also attends the group’s meetings to help Peter connect with other indigenous men. Zac uses his expertise in interpreting Peter’s speech, behaviours and reactions to facilitate his reconnection with his culture and country.
”Social Educator Zach Ford also helps Peter connect with other indigenous men. He uses his expertise in interpreting Peter’s speech, behaviours and reactions to facilitate his reconnection with his culture and country.”