The Spirit Walker

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Clin­ton Pryor has just been for a walk – a very long walk. Over the course of more than 360 days, he has trekked across the whole of Aus­tralia. He made the jour­ney to meet Mal­colm Turn­bull, the Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter, and stand up for the rights of his peo­ple – Abo­rig­i­nal Aus­tralians.

Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple have lived in Aus­tralia for as long as 80,000 years. The ar­rival of Western set­tlers, in the 18th cen­tury, changed their lives for the worse. Pryor walked 3,600 miles, earn­ing him­self the nick­name Spirit Walker, to “find the truth of indige­nous Aus­tralia”. He was shocked at what he saw – peo­ple un­cared for, liv­ing in poor con­di­tions. His meet­ing with Turn­bull was short and un­sat­is­fy­ing, but the Spirit Walker isn’t fin­ished. “I’m think­ing about go­ing to Eng­land to see the Queen,” he says.

Pryor has said he may see the Queen next.

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