A highly respected Noongar Boodjar Elder has been awarded the NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year for his work helping indigenous prisoners at Bunbury Regional Prison.
Uncle Greg Little plays an integral role in mentoring prisoners through his management of the prisoner peer support team.
His commitment to the prisoners goes beyond the prison fence by also working with their families to build stronger relationships.
Uncle Greg also advises staff at the prison on indigenous culture and other matters, and runs the Yarning Circle to provide guidance and cultural reconnection.
The 19-year veteran at Bunbury Regional Prison is an active member of the prisoner risk assessment group and provides crisis, group and family counselling.
He also volunteers for various community groups in the South-West.
As stated by Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan:
“Restorative justice is an integral part of Western Australia’s corrective services and Uncle Greg Little exemplifies the importance of rehabilitation, strengthening individuals and reconnecting to culture.
“I would like to congratulate him on being recognised for all his great work in Bunbury by being named NAIDOC Male Elder of the Year.
“We all know that the levels of indigenous incarceration need to be brought down and it’s the work of people like Uncle Greg that can help make that happen.
“Uncle Greg has not only helped prisoners with the Yarning Circle, peer support group and counselling, but also their families by continuing his great work outside the prison walls.”