One of the biggest influences in Angus Crichton’s life was going to school in Sydney with two Yolngu young men from Arnhem Land in the NT. They were the first remote boys taken on by The Scots College’s Indigenous Education Program.
The boys were Delwyn Wunungmurra and Leon Wunungmurra from Gapuwiyak. They both were boarders at Scots and took on the scholarship opportunity with great determination, despite the incredible challenges of culture and distance.
Angus and the boys quickly became great mates and found much in common, despite very different cultural backgrounds. The boys taught Angus about Yolngu culture and language, and Angus helped them navigate the strange world of boarding school in Sydney.
Upon visiting the boys and their families in Arnhem Land, the untold beauty of Indigenous Australian culture was so obvious. Angus’ eyes were opened to the remote Indigenous way of life and it made him realise how little people understand or have been exposed to this culture. It also struck Angus that even boys like Delly and Leon - who had the benefit of a great education - were unlikely to land sustainable jobs, simply because there are so few available in these remote communities, and the ones that do exist are often institutional in nature.
Angus decided that he would to do something about this.
Angus has joined forces with Jonny Samengo, David Rawlings, and Gyan Ainkaran, who are founding board directors of First People Project. Jonny has spent the previous eight years establishing and running and building up the Indigenous Program at Scots. David is Angus’ manager who has a history of social inclusion and enterprise initiatives, including mentoring Indigenous young people and as an aligned partner of the NSW Council for Pacific Communities. And Gyan is a young medical student who is heavily involved in the Indigenous space, currently working for Yalari with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander boys at Riverview and Shore.