Program link leads to world forum
A SOCIAL enterprise learning and development program held in Beechworth for participants involved in the Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation (TYIC) has led to an opportunity to attend a world forum and rural and remote social enterprise symposium in the UK.
Dallas Mugarra and Leon Kinthari from the remote Northern Territory community of Wadeye and TYIC employment and training manager Rebecca Crawley will join Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) chief executive Matt Pfahlert and other Australian delegates in Scotland this month.
The first- time symposium is part of the Social Enterprise World Forum in Scotland, now in its 10th year.
Mr Pfahlert said it was an important opportunity for the three to participate in the symposium where rural and remote social enterprises will be the focus and be addressed by global policy makers and practitioners.
Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation chief executive officer Justin Crawley said the opportunity to attend the world forum arose after ACRE was engaged for the two-day course in leadership and social enterprise training.
Mr Crawley said the social enterprise workshop for corporation participants presented in English was then translated into Murrinh-patha, the lingua franca of the Wadeye community.
“All participants received maximum benefit from the workshop and we were not restricted by a lack of English knowledge,” he said.
“The Wadeye community where our participants come from, have identified social enterprises as a way to escape the shackles of generational welfare dependency.”
Mr Crawley and his wife Rebecca have been associated with the Wadeye community for 15 years.
They founded the Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation - an organisation that helps improve the lives of indigenous people and develop future leaders in the Northern Territory’s Thamarrurr region and through Bright’s Dumu Balcony Café are able to give indigenous youth a pathway to learn hospitality and retail skills too.
Mr Pfahlert said the couple’s work aligned with best practice around the world that supported indigenous communities.
“Their work is world class where young people are learning in two worlds - living in Wadeye, and Bright where they can work and learn in a supportive and trusted environment,” he said.
In Scotland, Mr Pfahlert said Dallas, Leon and Rebecca will meet a
THE Victorian Government will give communities a voice to commemorate 10 years since the Black Saturday Bushfires in their own way, with $4.4 million funding to be provided for anniversary activities.
The catastrophic 2009 bushfires devastated the state, with 173 people losing their lives in the tragedy including Mudgegonga husband and number of world practitioners from places like Canada who are working with First Nations communities, and be able to build a global support network from attending the symposium.
Rebecca said the opportunity to attend the world forum and chat to people who have helped transform their communities through social enterprises was a great opportunity for Dallas and Leon.
“It is an incredible opportunity to be able to network and learn from other people from around the world who have similar aspirations,” she said.
“At the symposium we will have the opportunity to meet with other people working in rural and remote locations, be able to share our journeys and help each other with our future pathways.”
Dallas, who works an indigenous language assistant at the Bright P-12 College three days a week since 2016 has started his own aboriginal casting agency for films and TV advertisements called Kardu Pumenth.
Meanwhile, Leon who has two children in the Bright program is pursuing social enterprise opportunities in Wadeye. wife John and Sue Wilson.
Many more were injured and lost their homes, with the memories of the events still impacting communities to this day.
The funding will support a state memorial service and a grants program for local community commemoration and creative arts projects.
A range of mental health and psychological services and supports throughout the commemoration period will also be provided.
It will also be an opportunity to acknowledge the first responders who bravely served their community during the catastrophe.
More information about the 10 year anniversary including grants programs, and details of the State Memorial Service can be found at vic.gov. au/2009-bushfires.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation’s Rebecca Crawley, Marri Amu elder and artist Anthony Nemarluk (second left) and Wadeye’s Dallas Mugarra and Leon Kinthari caught up with ACRE’s chief executive Matt Pfahlert (second right) on a recent visit to Beechworth.