ACRE link leads to world forum
A SOCIAL enterprise indigenous learning and development program in Beechworth has led participants to a world forum and rural and remote social enterprise symposium in Scotland next month.
Two members from the remote Northern Territory community of Wadeye, Dallas Mugarra and Leon Kinthari from the Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation will travel with the corporation’s employment and training manager Rebecca Crawley to join Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) chief executive Matt Pfahlert and other Australian delegates.
The first- time symposium is part of the Social Enterprise World Forum in Scotland now in its tenth year.
Mr Pfahlert said it was an important opportunity for the Wadeye team to participate in the symposium where rural and remote social enterprises will be the focus and be addressed by global policy makers and practitioners.
The indigenous program offered earlier this year was first of its type with a translation into another language and delivered by ACRE’s Social Enterprise in Schools program - a program offered through a partnership with the Social Enterprise Academy (SAE) in Scotland.
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 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.
“We will continue to play a mentoring role with supporting them to build networks here and overseas as well,” he said.
“Scotland is a world leader in the rejuvenation of their rural and remote communities where the highlands have been populated with cultural tourism as the biggest businesses in social enterprises - an area that offers opportunity.
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.”
Ms Crawley said Dallas who has been an indigenous language assistant at the Bright P-12 College three days a week for three years had started his own social enterprise in aboriginal casting for films and TV advertisements called Kardu Pumenth.
He said Leon with two children in the Bright program lived in Wadeye and is pursuing social enterprise opportunities in the community there.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Thamarrurr Youth Indigenous Corporation’s Rebecca Crawley, Marri Amu elder and artist Anthony Nemarluk and Dallas Mugarra and Leon Kinthari caught up with ACRE’s chief executive Matt Pfahlert (second right) on a recent visit to Beechworth.