Language centre talks up jobs scheme

[via Nick Theiberger on the Australian Languages list]

The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre says it has achieved outstanding results from an employment program allowing Aborigines to work in their own languages.

The Community Development Employment Program is unique to the Pilbara region and is believed to be the first of its kind which relates specifically to maintaining a language.

Wangka Maya’s manager, Fran Haintz, says since the program began 12 months ago, more than 25 people have been employed as Aboriginal language workers.

Ms Haintz says the languages of the region are now being used and recorded properly.

“We have somebody analysing the differences between two Aboriginal languages of the northern part of the Pilbara and that helps people to understand language better and then therefore it’ll be a lot stronger because understanding it has been more intellectualised than ever before,” she said.