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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027



ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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Anindilyakwa Land Council (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Groote Eylandt -- Periodicals

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ALC 15 year Strategic Plan Executive Summary 12 STRENGTHENING THE ANINDILYAKWA LANGUAGE In 2012, staff from the Groote Eylandt Linguistics Centre operated by ALC consulted with communities to find out what language and cultural services Anindilyakwa people want. What we really want in communities is teaching kids songlines, stories and totems from a young age. And the younger men learning to sing their cultural tribal songs. For younger women learning totems, dancing and stories. Also learning about bush and ecology, gathering bush tucker and bush medicines. Most Anindilyakwa people can speak their language very well. In terms of reading and writing the language on paper this is difficult for most. Only a small percentage of people can read and write Anindilyakwa. The findings have set the direction for the departments work into the future (Joaz Wurramara, ALC Deputy CEO). There is excitement and expectation in the communities about new resources being developed and made available on a digital platform. As an integral part of the ALC Strategic Plan, ALC Linguistics will link into the proposed Trade Training Centres and Cultural Enterprise Centres. The current Linguistics Centre in Angurugu will relocate and form a major part of new cultural centres in all three communities. A focus will be to continue to ensure the community drives language and culture activities. Language and culture will be applied as an important component within the school curriculum. Another priority will be increasing community access to culturally and historically significant records. Staffing is proposed to increase to allow material to be digitised, catalogued and archived and to work closely with schools and programs for training and employment. MAP ANINDILYAKWA ART SITES To date no comprehensive mapping and recording of rock art across the archipelago has been conducted. To link in with the overall protection, maintenance and promotion of Anindilyakwa culture theme of this plan, it is imperative that this should occur. GOAL D: STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY CAPACITY TACKLE SUBSTANCE ABUSE It is well known that Anindilyakwa leaders were the first across Australia to ban alcohol consumption in their communities. They were also among the first to introduce opal fuel, which eliminated the malaise of petrol sniffing overnight. In its place has emerged the widespread use of cannabis within all communities and families. According to a recent report on substance misuse on Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island, a staggering six out of 10 Anindilyakwa people regularly smoke marijuana across both islands (Lee and Conigrave 2011). Around nine out of 10 people smoke tobacco, which is a significantly higher