Knowledge is power for this aspiring First Nations student

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

A First Nations student who learnt local knowledge from his grandmother is now sharing it as a tour guide.

William (Will) Palmer is a proud Arrernte man from Mparntwe Alice Springs. Will has always been passionate about learning and understanding his culture having grown up on his homelands 100 kms west from Alice Springs.

Growing up On Country provided Will with continuous learning. His grandmother, Raelene Silverton, guided him and passed on local knowledge including the Arrernte language, cultural significant stories and knowledge of Country.

It was his passion for language and culture that landed him his first job as a First Nations Tour guide. Since he has accepted his position Will has completed a Certificate I in Tourism (Australian Indigenous Culture) through Charles Darwin University TAFE and believes he has now found his calling.

“Before starting my role and training, I had little knowledge about tourism. However, I now feel that it is my calling. I genuinely enjoy conducting tours and raising awareness of our culture to visitors in Central Australia,” Will said.

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