WANALA meeting and workshops

Desert People’s Centre, Alice Springs, 30th May-2nd June 2016

This document last updated: 30th June 2016

See the outcomes of the Forum ‘Towards a Coalition’

Dates | Registration | Draft program | Organising committee | Who can attend | Funding | Accommodation | Contact

Location information

See the DPC Campus map

Below: Google map of the venue precinct

The 4th WANALA meeting and workshops will be held from 30th May to 2nd June 2016 at Batchelor Institute’s Desert Peoples online antidepressants Centre campus in Alice Springs. The Desert Peoples online antidepressants Centre is a joint venture between Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education and the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT).

This event will have a special emphasis on members sharing their experiences. The second day is wholly devoted to a Forum on issues of national significance and how they impact on languages, language organisations and speaker communities. For more information, see the proposal for a national language coalition.


The workshops will take place on 30th-31st May. The WANALA meetings and Forum  will take place on 1st-2nd June 2016.  A provisional program is shown below.


Registration is free for WANALA members and those working with Aboriginal languages in our region. However, due to the size of the venue, numbers are limited so please do register soon.

Use the Registration form to register and to indicate whether you are attending a workshop (Stream A or Stream B), the WANALA meeting, and/or the Languages Forum.

Registration form – the form is a fillable MS Word document. You can save the form on your computer, type directly into the form and choose options, then save the form and return it as an email attachment to David Nathan.

Registration form [MS Word document]

Draft program Download a printable version

Mon 30 May Tues 31 May Wed 1 Jun Thur 2 Jun
Session Pre-meeting workshops WANALA Meeting & Languages Forum (Function Room)
9:00-10:30 Delegates arrive

Function Room

Apple training
iBooks Author
Day 2 more


Indigenous sign languages

Welcome to DPC (Harold Furber)
Welcome to WANALA (Julie Walker)

Forum on national representation and resourcing of Aboriginal & TSI languages:

Towards a First Nations languages coalition

• Alice Springs National Indigenous Art & Culture Centre
• Linking with interpreting & translation services

Break 10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Agreements & rights for speakers & language centres (Irra Wangga)
12:30-1:30 Welcome to DPC (Harold Furber) Lunch (FLA/ABC

Function Room

Apple training
iBooks Author
Day 1 more


Archiving and access to new and old language recordings

Indigenous languages apps WANALA business meeting (WANALA members)
Break 3:00-3:30
3:30-4:30 FLA
Forum: What support do language teachers need?  more
Towards a First Nations languages coalition – wrap up, feedback
4:30-6:00 FLA/ABC
Filming for Gambay Languages Map
 6:00-7:30 WANALA meeting dinner

Notes to program

  • Posters, stalls and displays: if you would like space to show a poster or any of your centre’s products, an area will be available. Please bring your materials, and contact us in advance.
  • iBooks Author: Create and publish language books for iPad and Mac – 1½ day workshop
    This workshop will help you gain the skills to create interactive digital books containing text, images, audio or video, for language learning and preservation. iBooks will run on Apple Macs and iPads. The iBooks Author app is a free download from Apple (requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later).

    • attendees must commit to attending the full 1½ days
    • attendees should bring a Mac running the latest OSX with the iBooks Author app already installed. Loan devices can also be provided
    • the workshop is suitable for attendees who have at least moderate skills with using computers and software
    • at the end of the workshop it is anticipated that you will take home a completed digital book or template
    • attendees are invited to bring their own content – text, images, movies, audio etc
    • there is a maximum of 25 participants
  • First Languages Australia is coordinating discussions around the situation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teachers and language workers across Australia with a view to developing national guidelines for employers of Indigenous language teachers. Come along to let us know the employment conditions and specific needs of language teachers in WA and NT. Share your experience of teaching in schools, training opportunities, and what additional training would you like.

Organising committee

  • Harold Furber
  • Margaret Carew
  • Maree Klesch
  • David Nathan

Who can attend

Representatives from all WANALA member organisations and projects are warmly invited. Voting at the WANALA business meeting is restricted to one representative from each full member organisation or project.

For the Languages Forum discussing a proposal for a national First Nations languages coalition on Thursday 2 July, all active language organisations are welcome to send representatives. See the web page for invitations and further information.


WANALA will provide reasonable travel and accommodation costs for one delegate from each full member (ILS/ILA funded) organisation or project to attend for the WANALA meeting (1st-2nd June). Travel allowances and other costs are not supported.


We have pre-booked 12 rooms on-site at the Centre for Appropriate Technology’s Life Skills Camp (see more information). These rooms will be allocated to funded WANALA delegates and to non-funded delegates at discounted rates. Please contact us if you wish to request one of these rooms.

Other delegates are recommended to book their own accommodation. Options include:


Please contact David Nathan david.nathan@batchelor.edu.au for general enquiries.