Our Languages Matter – Kulinin?
Free Public Lecture
Public Lecture Theatre
T: 8344 3311
The 2017 NAIDOC week theme ‘Our Languages Matter’ provides opportunity for reflection on the place of Aboriginal languages in Australian society and advocacy for a renewed focus within education.
Building on the work of Remote Education Systems, a five year research project within the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP), ‘Red Dirt Thinking’ argues the need for culturally responsive pedagogies that are grounded in the context of remote communities.
In Anangu (Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara) communities, strong local languages and kin structures, Anangu cultural codes and values continue to frame the nature of Anangu engagement with schooling and non-local educators. Current remote education policies are focused on resourcing school attendance strategies, pedagogies for English language instruction and ‘remotely located’ (metropolitan) boarding school programs.
In this lecture, the need for effective teacher preparation and ongoing professional engagement opportunities towards strengthening the capacity for 'Red Dirt' culturally responsive pedagogies is argued. This includes metropolitan boarding programs where preparing young people to take up what continue to be 'Red Dirt' aspirations, located within the context of their home communities, is often unaccounted for. Finally, a Pitjantjatjara language frame for ‘ethical listening’ is proposed as an ethical/methodological tool in dual language and epistemological education contexts.
Ms Karina Lester, Co-Manager and Senior Aboriginal Language Worker, Mobile Language Team
Ms Karina Lester
Co-Manager and Senior Aboriginal Language Worker, Mobile Language Team
The University of Adelaide
Ms Karina Lester is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in the far North West of South Australia. Karina grew up in the remote community of Mimili in the beautiful Everard Ranges, with her father’s people. Karina is very determined to keep her language alive and ongoing for the future generations. Karina currently works for the Mobile Language Team (MLT) as CoManager and Senior Aboriginal Language Worker at the University of Adelaide, supporting the Aboriginal languages of South Australia in revival, maintenance and reclamation programs. She hosts a weekly radio show at Radio Adelaide called Nganampa Wangka ‘Our Languages’, talking up SA Aboriginal Languages and is also an interpreter and translator.
Dr Sam Osborne, Associate Director for Regional Engagement (APY Lands)
Dr Sam Osborne
Associate Director for Regional Engagement (APY Lands)
University of South Australia
Dr Sam Osborne is the Associate Director for Regional Engagement (APY Lands) at the University of South Australia covering teaching, research, community engagement roles and Pitjantjatjara language programs. Sam has worked in Aboriginal Education since 1995 including teacher and Principal at Ernabella Anangu School from 20022008. From 2009 he worked in a range of roles including research and evaluation, corporation interpreting and Central Australia consultant for the Principal Australia Institute’s Dare to Lead program. In 2014 Sam was awarded for outstanding contribution to Aboriginal Education in the Northern Territory by the Association for Independent Schools of the Northern Territory (AISNT).