Mike O’Loughlin was Indigenous X host from October 2 to October 9, 2014.
Five questions to Mike
I have worked in many varied roles, from HR consultant to out of home care caseworker. My two passions have always been youth work and culture. I have spent the last 12 years learning and teaching traditional Aboriginal dance. I have been lucky to travel with this. I am currently learning and teaching myself and my eldest daughter the Gamilaraay language.
I will also tweeting about the talk that myself, Luke Pearson and Kelly Briggs (@TheKooriWoman) will be giving at the state library this Saturday.
My elders and uncles are my role models; their cultural knowledge and the way that they carry themselves and use their cultural knowledge to guide the way they live, is something that I aim to replicate.
Cultural revival I think is one of the most important issues that we as Aboriginal people face. I believe that if we lose our culture, we lose part of ourselves. It has been a long journey for me to get to the point that I am at with my culture, I still have a life time of learning ahead of me but it is a jurney that I believe will benefit me, my family and hopefully my community.
On a bigger scale I hope to see a change in the way we as a society view our youth, and the opportunities that we provide them. I hope to see a change in the way see all aspects of society. I guess in the big picture I would like to equality and equity amongst all sectors of our society.