Wangka Maya pilot site for national accredited language worker training
[Excerpt from article by Courtney Fowler in the Northwest Telegraph, 20th April 2016, page 8]
A group of traditional owners in the Pilbara will be among the first indigenous people in the country to complete a new nationally accredited certificate in Aboriginal languages this month.
Attending the week-long intensive course at Wanagka Maya in South Hedland were 14 Aboriginal people from seven language groups across the Pilbara, including Kariyarra, Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli.
Resource Network of Linguist Diversity director Margaret Florey, who facilitated the course, said the Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces would help traditional owners “keep their languages strong”.
“We’ve worked with Wanagka Maya for a long time and they’re our very first pilot site for the certificate,” she said.
“This course will help participants develop and run their own language programs, as well as having a better understanding of the work the linguists are doing here at the language centre.
“People here are showing real leadership in their language work… it’s very exciting.”
Wangka Maya first graduates of national language worker certificate course
Kurrnganaku: Pilbara languages expo 2015
Held at the Ngurin Cultural Centre, Roebourne, 23-24 September 2015.
Organised by Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Languages Centre