Robyn MacRae, Uncle Pat (PEOPLE 2022)

Uncle Pat is a humble man who inspires young and old. After leaving school at the age of 14 he has returned to study to learn his Wiradjuri language. Fifty years later he is attending university and in his own words, “getting my language back… I’m going to pass it on to my children and their children, as it has been for centuries.” Many Aboriginal languages were lost when Australian government policies banned indigenous people from following culture and speaking their language during a dark period in our history known as the Stolen Generation.