Australian Electoral Commission – encouraging and supporting Indigenous voters in language
For the 2019 Federal Election, the Australian Electoral Commission has developed a number of videos in 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
The videos aim to support and increase electoral participation in remote communities.
In addition, these videos are a vehicle to celebrate and promote International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 on a national scale.
For more information and to watch the videos, visit https://www.aec.gov.au/Indigenous/
Miriwoong Language Nest Internships at MDWg
Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre (MDWg) is an Aboriginal organisation seeking to preserve and revitalise the Miriwoong language of the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Our language revitalisation initiatives include a wide range of activities, such as an early childhood program, language classes, resource development, and bilingual radio programs, to name a few. For the second half of 2019 we are offering two types of internships within the Miriwoong Language Nest, our early childhood language education program. Having a background in education (preferably language education), languages or linguistics would make you an ideal candidate for this role.
1. Our Language Nest Standard Internship program engages volunteers for a period of 10 or more weeks to assist the work of the Miriwoong Language Nest. Successful candidates will get insight into the typical operations of an immersion-based early childhood language program run by our team of Miriwoong women, as well as the training and administrative side of the project. This internship also offers insight into other areas of language revitalisation work.
2. The Language Nest Special Internship program aims at engaging a volunteer for a period of 6-12 months. Their focus will be on the support of our team of Miriwoong women who are engaged in our early childhood language program. Typical tasks involve different forms of training, such as lesson planning, pedagogical skills, and resource development.
While MDWg is not in a position to pay any compensation, we have limited funds to subsidise the costs for accommodation. All interns are engaged as volunteers and their involvement does not constitute employment on any salary or wage. What we can offer is an unforgettable experience working with the local Miriwoong community, hands-on knowledge about the issues of language revitalisation.
All internships require a WA Working with Children Check and National Police Clearance. MDWg is prepared to cover the cost for these applications.
Applicants should have a background in languages, linguistics, education, Indigenous, or related fields, be open to working in a diverse cultural environment, and probably have some sense of adventure, including a tolerance to Kimberley temperatures.
Past experience has shown that internships at MDWg can be competitive, as we prefer to have only one intern at a time for each category. In order to apply, please send us an expression of brief interest first, indicating what type of internship you are interested in and we will respond with a detailed description.
You can contact Dr Knut J. Olawsky on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for the Language Nest Standard Internship are open until 22 February 2019. The closing for the Language Nest Special Internship is 28 February 2019.
2018 Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards Finalist
Recently we were nominated and named a finalist for the Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award in the 2018 Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards. It is a great privilege to be nominated in these prestigious Awards alongside many other wonderful people and organisations from Western Australia.
Celebrating Miriwoong Language Teachers
Woorlab barrenkoo-woorri woothoo-woothoong Miriwoo-biny, wayini woorlab berrindawoon waniwoogeng.
(Speak Miriwoong to children and then they will all keep on speaking.)
MDWg’s Vision and Values Refresh
Earlier this year, the MDWg team began work on updating the organisation’s vision and values. We wanted these to reflect the current direction, purpose and goals of Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring. With the help of a number of secondees from the Jawun program, we have created a vision and values that we are proud to share.
Garijang, Jobeth! Well Done!
Jobeth Winton, member of MDWg’s Miriwoong Language Nest team was announced Younger Leader of the Year at the 2018 Third Sector Awards. This is a huge achievement, and we are all so proud of her for winning this well-deserved award.
MDWg receives an Australian Ethical Community Grant!
A few months ago, we reached out to our network of friends and supporters, asking them to vote for MDWg to receive an Australian Ethical Community Grant. We’re so delighted to share that we have been successful!
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.
Did you know, Indigenous people make up less than 5% of the world’s population, but speak the majority of the world’s estimated 7000 languages?
MDWg NAIDOC Week Open Day & AIWA Launch
A special NAIDOC event took place at MDWg on Tuesday, July 10. MDWg opened its doors for an Open Day, and combined this event with the launch of Aboriginal Interpreting Western Australia (AIWA, formerly Kimberley Interpreting Service).