Walking in Three Worlds
Jul 08, 2022 12:30 PM
Constable Cohen Taylor | MR NAIDOC
Walking in Three Worlds

NAIDOC Week 

Join us at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel to hear from Constable Cohen Taylor - a young Noongar-Yamatji man crowned Perth’s first Mr NAIDOC.

A police officer and a strong, young, Noongar/Yamatji man using his knowledge about his mob, to the benefit of the community, whilst remaining true to himself and his values to change the way people see, interact, and connect with the uniform.

Hear from Constable Taylor:

My name is Cohen Wade Taylor; I'm a Spratt/Taylor on my father's side and Ninyette/Jackson on my mothers, and just like my journey, I'm a bit of a scatterbrain.

My journey begins in Osborne Park, Perth, Whadjuk boodja. My family lived in Perth for a few years then we moved around quite a lot and then one day we settled in a small town called Walpole. I called Walpole home for 13 years. I did my primary schooling there and when I entered high school I would travel 1 hour to Denmark Senior High School, with all the other local kids on a bus.

My childhood was ambivalent. In my early adolescence, all I wanted to do was play and have fun with my friends. I would always see my friends on the weekends, and go outside to do what kids would do, and I didn’t realise until now how much of a privilege it was. But it wasn’t always so serene, a harsh lesson I had to learn really early in life was that people will treat me differently because of the colour of my skin. This is an extremely difficult lesson and concept to grasp as a young person and it got even more difficult for me to deal with, especially, as I got into high school.

When I reached high school, it was different because everyone had their plans/ lives laid out and knew what they wanted to do (going to uni), starting a trade etc. I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. I felt a lot of pressure in school to do something/anything. I struggled severely in school. School books and school work didn’t speak my language and I struggled to retain information. Most of the time I would get sent out of class because I was distracting the class or out of my seat.

I isolated myself through school a bit. It wasn’t until I was 23 when I started asking the question “why” and eventually got diagnosed with ADHD combined and it explained everything from what I could remember. I thought School was koonyie, I learnt that there are other ways for me to learn and if it applies to me or anyone I can help.

I applied for the police academy to help educate anyone I was able to reach and bridge the gap between the police force and the Indigenous community. In 2019, I joined the Western Australian Police Academy as a cadet. My experience here showed me that I could make a difference in my community's relationships with the police. As each day went on, I saw, felt and heard what it would mean to my mob. I knew I wanted to be a positive role model and help those who needed it.

 

Join us on 8th July to hear more from Constable Taylor.

 

Perth Rotary | Walking in Three Worlds

Constable Cohen Taylor | MR NAIDOC

The Parmelia Hilton Hotel | 14 Mill Street St, Perth

Friday 8th July 2022

$50 per person

12:30pm for 12:45pm to end 2pm

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