Uncle Stephen honoured

UNCLE Stephen Williams was so frustrated by the aggression Aboriginal people faced in society he dedicated the past two decades to sharing his culture with the wider community.

"It was tough growing up as an Aboriginal person when I was young," said Uncle Stephen, now 61.

"I could get on a bus to go between Liverpool and Sydney and as I was making my way through all the different suburbs I could have five different people have a go at me.

"I just wanted to show people what our culture was all about and educate them about our history because I think more understanding would improve their attitudes."

The Liverpool resident's efforts were recognised by Liverpool Council when he was named Citizen of the Year at a ceremony at Woodward Park on Australia Day.

He was surprised by the honour. "I'm very humbled by it and I feel there are a lot of deserving people so it's touching to be recognised."

He was recognised for his work volunteering for government and non-government agencies and community groups in Liverpool.

A member of the Wiradjuri people, Uncle Stephen used art to share his culture with local communities.

The fine arts degree graduate runs Aboriginal art workshops, has undertaken several mural projects, supported establishing the first Artisan Shed in Liverpool and supported a Miller Art and Fact event at Miller Square.

He also takes part in running government projects such as Strong Fathers, Strong Families which engages Aboriginal men with their community and encourages them to be positive role models.

He holds smoking ceremonies at community events and featured in Christine Anu's My Island Home clip and was involved in the ABC's animated series The Dreaming Stories.

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