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Crichton preparing to launch 'First People Project'

When Angus Crichton arrived at The Scots College on a rugby union scholarship it was the unknown surrounding the lifestyle change that made it hard for him to settle in.

He had travelled five hours from Young – a small country town in south-west NSW, to Sydney, in his pursuit of a professional sporting career.

But after he noticed Delwyn and Leon Wunungmurra struggled to fit in themselves, he offered to take them under his wing and assist with their development in new city life. 

I think that we sort of owe it to ourselves to learn about our own country and our own people, which we don't know enough about

Angus Crichton

It's the close bond he's forged with the pair which has ignited his passion for Indigenous culture, and he's now taken it upon himself to spread that key message to the Australian community.

"I'm actually in the middle of making a charity [called First People Project] which will educate white Australians about our Indigenous history," Crichton told Hello Sport Podcast.

"My background is in film and media, [I want to] make short films to educate people about different cultures and different communities that are in Australia that I guess no one really knows about, including myself.

"I think that we sort of owe it to ourselves to learn about our own country and our own people, which we don't know enough about."

His recent ventures to Arnhem Land have been invaluable to his understanding of the Indigenous culture which this country has been strongly built on. 

He embraced their cultural practices and even spoke Delwyn and Leon's language of Yolŋu Matha, but realised his knowledge of Australia's Aboriginal community was not where it needed to be. 

He hopes that his charity, however, can be the start of significant change for the future.

"I think the biggest thing is Indigenous people knowing that white Australians do want to make a difference in this area.

"For me, just having a profile through sport I just thought it's the perfect opportunity to help bridge the gap and [have] a bit of reconciliation," Crichton said.

"I guess if we can make an effort to learn their culture which is our own history it will help them more comfortable and help them feel more heard."

As he hopes to launch his foundation by the end of 2018 or early next year, Crichton captured footage of his most recent trip to Arnhem Land which he hopes to publish for all to see. 

He believes that his experiences should be used to tell his story and educate others on various Indigenous communities. 

"I love[d] it. It's really different, and it's pretty special to be apart of to be honest. How I looked after their boys they say they've adopted me into their family," Crichton said.

"So I just go up there and stayed with them and just learned first-hand [how they live] and then for me, I just got thinking that video is the best way for me to tell that story."

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