Robert Eggington was Indigenous X host from February 7 to February 14, 2014.
Five questions to Robert
I was the type of young boy who, like many young Aboriginal people, couldn’t adjust to and rebelled against a dominant education system that was racist and precluded the indifference of the minority. This had a very adverse impact on my schooling and I couldn’t wait to be free from its regulated control and the fact I felt I was being cleverly manipulated into what they wanted me to believe and become. As I got older, I also begun to understand that there were many other forms of knowledge that existed in this world that wasn’t a form of academia.
Aged 22, moved back to Perth and met my wife to be, Selina Kickett. We have three beautiful children – Robert Jnr (who passed away), Marika and Karinda, and we now have three beautiful grandchildren. I have worked at a grass roots level in Aboriginal community controlled organisations in Perth for the past 35 years. I have also worked at Dumbartung, which is a community cultural resource agency and gallery for the past 27 years.
I hope for a form of Aboriginal grass roots advocacy which could deter the epidemic rates of youth suicide by creating a stronger cultural resilience against racism and prejudices. The future needs to allow our people the right of self- determination and decision-making at a community level, which will ultimately empower both our political and spiritual sovereignty.