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Acknowledgement of Country in Ngunnawal Language Workshop


The workshop is presented by Ngunnawal man Mr. Cheyne Halloran and linguist, Dr. Louise Baird. Cheyne has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities around Australia in the areas of language and culture. He has language teaching experience through teaching English in China. He also runs cultural awareness training. A former lecturer and tutor at the University of Canberra, and research affiliate at the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language at The Australian National University, Louise has worked with three communities in Eastern Indonesia on their endangered languages producing grammars and other language material. She has been working with the Ngunnawal community for the past couple of years on language revitalisation, producing a sketch grammar while based at AIATSIS, working on language materials, such as a dictionary with community members, and supporting the community in their language reclamation and learning efforts.

Workshop Outline

During the Acknowledgement of Country two hour training the following will be covered:

• Overview of the history of the Canberra region from the perspective of the Ngunnawal people;
• Overview of the process of language revitalisation;
• The journey of language revitalisation for the Ngunnawal people;
• The difference between a Welcome to Country and an Acknowledgement of Country and the
protocols around their use;
• Teaching of an Acknowledgement of Country in the Ngunnawal language.

At the end of the training participants will:

• Have a better understanding of how colonisation has impacted the Ngunnawal people;
• Have an appreciation for cultural reclamation and language revitalisation;
• Be able to deliver an Acknowledgement of Country in the Ngunnawal language with appropriate pronunciation, understanding, and respect.

Number of Participants: Numbers for the workshop are limited to 12 participants. This is for cultural reasons, and to ensure that each participant receives the individual attention that they require.

Practicalities
We use a presentation projected onto a screen. For this we usually use Cheyne's Macbook connected to a screen via a HDMI cable, but if you prefer and are able to provide a laptop, we can bring the presentation on a USB stick. We also use handouts, on which participants will be required to do an activity, and they can also use it to take their own notes.

Dhawura nguna dhawura Ngunnawal. I acknowledge I live and work on Ngunnawal country. I pay respect to the country, culture, language and people, especially the Ngunnawal Elders. I would also like to extend my respect to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which you live, wherever you may be in the world.