Alwyn Doolan is a young Gooreng Gooreng Wakka Wakka man attempting the longest walk in modern Aboriginal history: from the tip of Queensland via Tasmania to Canberra, to deliver a message of healing to the Australian Government. Raised on an Aboriginal mission, Alwyn suffered from severe identity crisis and addiction, surviving only by reconnecting to his culture. Now, he is determined to bring healing to his people, and the nation, by integrating Aboriginal lore into modern Australian society. Chosen by his Ancestors to carry Message Sticks as a form of Aboriginal diplomacy, Alwyn is named ‘Wunyungar’ (Messenger).
Walking through 50 First Nations across 8,000kms, Wunyungar collates a vision for a ‘New Dreaming’ to bring black and white together, to present to the new Government. His Message Sticks articulate Australia’s story in three stages: Creation, Colonisation and Healing. His vision is bold, but will he be heard?
Once arriving in Canberra, we witness Wunyungar become increasingly diminished and disempowered. Trying to pierce the walls of Parliament House proves more challenging than he thought. A motion is tabled for the Government to accept his Message Sticks, but is voted down. To make matters worse, he becomes hospitalised and forced into a wheelchair. When the Prime Minister ultimately ignores his attempts to meet, he becomes completely disillusioned.
Exhausted, Wunyungar decides to return home. There, he joins his community on a memorial walk to retrace the steps of their relatives who were stolen as children. Wunyungar’s return brings strength and inspiration, and together they walk side-by-side, healing their past.
Having walked across the nation, it is only once he returns home that Wunyungar discovers what he set out to find. He has a vision: imagine all Aboriginal nations dancing on country as 'one in time’? His vision goes viral and the first ever Nation Dance is born, uplifting and inspiring thousands of Indigenous Australians nation-wide.