[RNLD] invitation to RNLD End of Year celebration
mflorey at RNLD.ORG
Thu Dec 6 23:01:34 UTC 2012
RNLD would like to invite you to join our End of Year celebration.
It has been another very successful and exciting year for RNLD. We
supported a total of 54 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages
this year through our training activities. 32 Documenting and Revitalising
Indigenous Languages <http://www.rnld.org/DRIL> Training workshops were
held in New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory, South
Australia and Western Australia. We also partnered with the Advocates for
Indigenous California Language Survival to deliver two train-the-trainer
workshops in the Master-Apprentice Language Learning
method<http://www.rnld.org/MALLP>with representatives of 30 languages
from all Australian states and
territories. We were excited to receive a new grant from the Indigenous
Languages Support Scheme to proceed with the accreditation of our training
program, and we are now developing Certificates III and
IV<http://www.rnld.org/DRILcertificates>in Documenting and
Revitalising Indigenous Languages.
Our team has continued to grow with the appointment of Donna McLaren as
Indigenous Co-Director of the DRIL Training Program. Donna has already
begun training in workshops in WA, NSW and Queensland. We have also drawn
on the expertise of several Aboriginal regional community trainers,
including Brad Steadman, who is running workshops in Ngiyampaa country in
NSW, Michael Jarrett, who joined the team in Kununurra and Woorabinda, and
Gadj Maymuru, who also co-trained in Woorabinda. We have expanded our
Linking Up program this year to renew links between linguists and
communities or regions in which they have documented languages. Under this
scheme, Tamsin Donaldson joined a training workshop at Murrin Bridge in
NSW, and Gavan Breen reconnected with Bidjara and Gungabula community
members in Woorabinda, Qld.
We wish we could celebrate in person with all of our supporters around
Australia and the world and we thank you for all that you are doing to
strengthen Indigenous languages, share your knowledge and information, and
continue to build the international network of language maintenance
For those members who are based in Melbourne (or who may be visiting at the
time), please come and join us for a drink and some finger food.
*Date*: Friday 14 December
*Location*: upstairs room at Animal Orchestra, 163 Grattan Street, Carlton,
As part of the RNLD team's Giving Back program in support of Melbourne
Citymission <http://www.rnld.org/givingback>, we are inviting members to
bring a gift (unwrapped please) to this event for the ABC Giving Tree
. The web site offers ideas about appropriate gifts and vouchers for
different age groups. We will collect the gifts and deliver them to
Melbourne Citymission by Thursday 20 December.
Please note: *our End of Year celebration is restricted to RNLD members*.
If you are not a member, you may join by completing the downloadable form
on our membership page <http://www.rnld.org/join> and bringing the form
with you on the night, where it can be signed by current members.
*RSVP essential*: *by Wednesday 12 December* to <fhouwen at rnld.org>
We look forward to seeing you there!
Margaret Florey and the RNLD team
Dr Margaret Florey
Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity
ph: +61 (03) 9041-5474 (office)
Suite 1107, 530 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
ABN 24 215 634 040
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