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Professional Development Workshop 2

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From 18-25 November 2014, the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) Training Program ran a Stage I DRIL Leadership Professional Development workshop with eleven DRIL participants from Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Over eight days, the workshop trainers provided intensive training in linguistics, technologies for language documentation, and Master-Apprentice language learning and teaching methods.


Cody Millard and Melinda Solomon


The goals of the workshop were to

- strengthen the participants' language documentation and revitalisation skills, and to

- build the participants' capacity to become trainers and share their skills with other people in their families, communities and workplaces.

Jason Kirby and Grant Thompson
Leanne Merritt and Nadine Taylor


  • Jason Kirby (Swan Hill, Victoria) — Wadi Wadi (D4)
  • Ebony Joachim (Shepparton, Victoria) — Yorta Yorta (D2)
  • Melinda Solomon (Shepparton, Victoria) — Yorta Yorta (D2), Guugu Yalanji (Y78)
  • Angelina Joshua (Ngukurr, Northern Territory) — Marra (N112)
  • Grant Thompson (Ngukurr, Northern Territory) — Ngandi (N90)
  • Hiroko Shioji (Broome, Western Australia) — Yawuru (K1)
  • Leeann Merritt (Geraldton, Western Australia) — Wajarri (A39)
  • Nadine Taylor (Geraldton, Western Australia) — Wajarri (A39)
  • Cody Millard (Mt Gambier, South Australia) — Ngarrindjeri (S69), Gunditjmara (S20)
  • Salote Bovoro (Adelaide, South Australia) — Adnyamathanha (L10)
  • Michelle Warren (Port Augusta, South Australia) — Dieri (L17)
Hiroko Shioji and Cody Millard
Salote Bovoro and Margaret Florey

Training team

Lead trainers Margaret Florey and Emma Murphy were supported by DRIL staff Katerina Forrester, Jessica Solla and Tamsin Wagner.

DRIL Office and Accounts Manager Barbara Barna provided logistical support.

A team of volunteers and DRIL/RUIL interns led by Geneva Goldenberg.

Katerina Forrester and Michelle Warren
AJ Joshua and Jessica Solla

ILA logoAcknowledgement

This workshop was supported by a Professional Development grant from the Australian Governments' Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program (Department of Communication and the Arts).

Ebony Joachim presenting
Koorie Heritage Trust exhibition  Tamsin Wagner and AJ Joshua    Nadine Taylor and Emma Murphy    PD workshop workbooks and folders
Bunjilaka exhibition