Clinton Pryor walked across Australia, gathering tales of tragedy, humour and hope — stories he now plans to share with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, ABC News reports.
He left Perth on foot one year ago with only seven songs to listen to on repeat.
He left home clean-shaven, but today his beard reaches his chest — and he has downloaded a few more songs.
And his message for the Prime Minister, which was once his own, now comes from all the Aboriginal communities he has passed through.
The 27-year-old has walked almost 6,000 kilometres in his journey to Parliament House in Canberra.
On Sunday Clinton made his final approach into Canberra, and is calling on Mr Turnbull to come out to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on Tuesday and meet him — sovereign to sovereign.
Sit down and for once to actually listen, because every time we try to get things done for our people, it’s always their way, the politics way,” Clinton said.
In the days before leaving, Clinton visited the graves of his mother and father to lay flowers.
He gave up his home and moved his possessions into storage.
Then he set out with three weeks of pay, a bag, a walking stick, spears and crystals given to him by his elders, and ochre from a secret site to paint up his face when he arrived in Canberra.
This walk would be to honour his parents, and in protest of the forced closure of Aboriginal communities out west.
“There are issues happening for our communities in towns and cities across the country, and you have to sit down and understand what is going on there,” he told the Canberra Times.
“It’s poverty like in third-world conditions. [In some communities] there’s a lack of fresh water and there’s a lack of jobs, and there’s not enough services for counselling.”
Walking for justice: Clinton Pryor reaches end of 5800km journey (Canberra Times)
Clinton’s Walk for Justice (GoFundMe)