ACRE link leads to world fo­rum

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CO­RAL COOK­SLEY

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.

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