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Warmun

Ground Up’s first objective is to provide independent financial support to projects that are initiated and run by Aboriginal people and that aim to support Aboriginal peoples’ mental health, and social and emotional well being.

Projects

To date our projects have focussed on facilitating cultural learning and documentation opportunities. This has been in response to Gija elder’s sense of urgency about the need to engage younger people in the transmission of cultural knowledge and promote positive activities and choices for young people.

 

GROUND UP WOULD LIKE TO SAY A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS SO FAR! These projects would not happen without your support!

 

GIJA LANGUAGE & LITERACY TEACHING PROGRAM (Funded August 2016 - January 2017)

This crucially important weekly language teaching and maintenance program enables Gija Elders to pass their knowledge of Gija language and culture to their family and community members. Many important people in the community who hold Gija cultural knowledge are elderly and there is an urgency for this knowledge to be passed on. There is currently very limited support for language programs such as this in the region and we hope that the program that is funded by this campaign will help to establish a more permanent funding source for similar programs into the future. 

The program is held at Ngalangangpum School, Purnululu School, Wanyanyakem Taam Early Learning Centre and Warmun Aged Care.

 

GIJA LANGUAGE & LITERACY TEACHING PROGRAM (Funded July 2015 - July 2016)

The program was held at the Warmun Art Centre and out on bush trips.

WATCH 'You gotta keep-em cause he's got culture in it' VIDEO HERE!

Gija is classified as a critically endangered language as its only fluent speakers are the community’s grandparents and great-grandparents. This program brings together senior Gija language experts with children, teenagers and adults in a regular, intensive program of speaking and writing. Weekly lessons form the nucleus of a community wide effort in Warmun to document, maintain and revitalise Gija language. This is achieved by supporting and valuing the expertise of older people, and building the confidence and linguistic skills of younger generations.
The activities include:
* Weekly intensive Gija language speaking and writing activities led by elders for children, teenagers and adults.
* Trips to country that enable senior speakers to pass on Gija song, story and oral language practices.
* The collaborative development of culturally appropriate language teaching and maintenance methods and techniques.
* The creation of language teaching resources using video and new media.

BUDGET FOR SIX MONTHS OF PROJECT
($24,000 raised during Crowdfunding Campaign! Ground Up is contributing a further $24000 to support the project for a further 6 months on top of this.)

• Gija Language Teachers fees @ $600.00* / week x 26 weeks = $15,600.00
• Language Facilitator Fees @ $60.00 p/h, 4h/week x 6 weeks = $1,440.00
• Fuel for Language Facilitator travel @ $150.00 per trip x 6 trips = $900.00
• Food @ $40.00 per week x 26 weeks = $1,040.00
• Fuel and food for Bush Trips = $1,020.00
TOTAL = $20,000.00

It was decided by the elders that rather than pay a flat rate and have to turn teachers away to keep within budget or choose who the teachers should be, we would use a system where a lump sum is split between as many people as come to teach (usually six to ten teachers per week). 

We believe in the vital importance of this project continuing into the future. Ongoing funding for this language and culture program is unfortunately one of the challenges Gija people face. This opportunity will help to develop a stronger working model for the Language project, as well as to provide vital documentation and feedback from participants and teachers which can then be used into the future to apply for ongoing more substantial funding. 

If you would like to contribute to GROUND UP to help this work continue into the future please donate at: http://groundupcommunity.org/donate

 

GIJA LANGUAGE & LITERACY TEACHING PROGRAM (2014 - 2015)

Gija is classified as a critically endangered language as its only fluent speakers are the community’s grandparents and great-grandparents. This program brings senior Gija language experts with adults between the ages of 18 and 50 in a regular, intensive program of speaking and writing. Weekly lessons form the nucleus of a community wide effort in Warmun to document, maintain and revitalise Gija language. This is achieved by supporting and valuing the expertise of older people, and building the confidence and linguistic skills of younger generations.

The activities include:

* Weekly intensive Gija language speaking and writing activities led by elders for younger adults

* Trips to country that enable senior speakers to pass on Gija song, story and oral language practices

* The collaborative development of culturally appropriate language teaching and maintenance methods and techniques

* The creation of language teaching resources using video and new media

 

GELENGU DU GELENGUWURRU

‘Gelengu du Gelenguwurru – Old and New, Young and Old’ involved elders, adults, teenagers and children from Warmun Community. The program supported the community to reconnect with, and employ Gija cultural knowledge and therapeutic approaches that work towards strengthening the physical and mental health and wellbeing of Gija people of all ages.

The project facilitated powerful intergenerational collaboration and sharing, marrying new technologies with traditional Gija knowledge systems. The activities included:

* Bush trips - family groups returning to country

* Elders planning and leading cultural teaching activities with younger generations involving healing, art, song and dance, bush food and Gija language and thought

* Young people videoing elders in country sharing knowledge of stories, history connected to place

* Young people making and broadcasting short films and radio programs in language

* Young people accessing training opportunities in multimedia within and outside their community

* Elders leading language lessons with children at the Ngalangangpum and Purnululu community schools