The identity of an Aboriginal man: Codes 4 Life visits Tennant Creek
Jun 07, 2022
Codes 4 Life hosted a workshop in Tennant Creek during the last week of May featuring 21 participants, and three Elders of the Alyawerre, Warlpiri and Warramunga people. It was facilitated by Program Manager Michael Liddle, with the support of Co-Facilitator Martin Hagan.
(L‑R) Elder Warren Williams, Co-Facilitator Martin Hagan, Elder John Duggy, Elder Frank Holmes, and Program Manager Michael Liddle.
The workshop addressed important themes such as domestic and family violence, and responsibility to one’s children.
The session explored understanding the purpose behind becoming fathers, and prompted thinking about why it’s important to be a good father. Michael addressed the group saying, “The only way to be a good father is to make sure we are a part of our children’s upbringing, and something tells me that you men have not been doing that. Right now, we need to improve in this area.”
Above all, the session focused on the identity behind being an Aboriginal man.
Michael Liddle created and delivers the Codes 4 Life program under the guidance of Aboriginal Elders.
Michael urged discourse on walking the straight line. He said, “We spoke about the two laws: whitefella law and blackfella law. People understood the purpose of trying to stay on the right track, and acknowledged the noise and distractions preventing them from understanding and learning about their law.”
NT Police attended the workshop as guest speakers and prompted open dialogue between participants. The group considered the impact of alcohol and substance abuse on the community and frontline responders, as well as the path to becoming an Aboriginal Community Police Officer (ACPO).
Response to the workshop was highly positive, with one client stating that he “always feel(s) really, really happy and really, really good” when he comes to a Codes 4 Life workshop. Another enquired about working with the Codes 4 Life team to become a better version of himself and helping others do the same.
DKA and Codes 4 Life acknowledge Victims of Crime NT for their support towards this workshop and the program.