2016 Indigenous Language Support (ILS) activities
In 2016, Muurrbay received support from ILS to revitalise languages by documenting, researching, archiving and publishing language materials, and teaching language, including:
Publishing: Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla: Dreaming Stories from the East Coast in Gumbaynggirr and English will be published in the second half of 2016, after extensive editing. This will form one of the largest collections of Aboriginal stories from the East Coast.
Electronic resources: Work in this field is ongoing from 2015, we are increasing community access to language materials via online resources: Bundjalung- Yugambeh electronic dictionary is being finalised. All text has been completed, language workers are now adding audio files and seeking community feedback.
Courses: Certificate III in Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Maintenance was accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), and will be delivered from February 2017.
Muurrbay is delivering the Certificate III in Learning an Endangered Language for the Gathang language in Taree, part-time via evening classes from July 2015 to December 2016.
Bundjalung language co-ordinator is preparing to deliver weekly community classes which may lead to a future Certificate course.
Professional development: Staff and colleagues cam together at Muurrbay for two days training in ELAN, a transcribing program, as well as communicative language teaching approaches.