2017 has been a huge, productive and exciting year for everyone at MDWg. We’re extremely proud of the achievements made by Language Workers, the Language Nest team, and the organisation as a whole.
Take a look at some of the highlights:
We wish all of our supporters a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to sharing with you our work and progress in 2018! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive regular updates of our work. You can also visit our GiveNow page to support our programs that are working to keep the Miriwoong language alive for future generations.
In early November, Senior Language Worker Glennis Galbat-Newry began the first of two blocks in a Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership. Glennis, along with about 20 other emerging leaders participated in the course. The course was delivered by the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC). On December 8, Glennis completed her second and final block, and accepted her certificate at a graduation ceremony that night.
The course has equipped Glennis with the skills, knowledge and confidence to further her abilities as a leader. These leadership skills will be applicable within both Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring and the wider community. The course also gave Glennis the opportunity to build strong relationships with other emerging leaders throughout the East Kimberley. Together, the team of emerging leaders learnt about different styles of leadership and teamwork skills. They also thought deeply about the inspirational leaders they know and analysed what it means to be an effective leader.
Well done Glennis!
The MDWg team is extremely proud of Glennis for her hard work at attaining this certificate. Glennis says that she is looking forward to seeing other members of the MDWg team receive training and qualifications in similar areas in the coming months and years. She was proud to see so many young participants in the course, and looks forward to seeing the good work that they will contribute to their communities and workplaces.
This year, MDWg launched the Miriwoong Language Rescue (MLR) initiative. The Miriwoong Language Rescue is designed to raise awareness amongst East Kimberley visitors, tourists and residents of the work that we do at MDWg. By making people aware of the steps being taken to preserve and revitalise the Miriwoong language, we are inviting supporters and advocates to the MDWg community. Continue reading Miriwoong Language Rescue
This year, MDWg launched the Modern Miriwoong project. Modern Miriwoong is an initiative designed to increase the amount of Miriwoong signage displayed throughout Kununurra and its surrounds. Since the project launched in July, we have been busy approaching local businesses and organisations and offering language consultation.
In 2012, the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled the report entitled “Our Land, Our Languages“. A key finding from this report was that language is inseparable from culture, kinship, land and family and is the foundation upon which the capacity to learn, interact and to shape identity is built. Through the publication of ‘Miriwoong Woorlang Yawoorroonga-woorr’, or ‘a Miriwoong Lexicon for All’, MDWg is continuing to revitalise and provide the community with much-needed access to the Miriwoong language. Continue reading A Miriwoong Lexicon for All