NI News

Dr April Petillo

US academic to share nation building successes

31 July 2017

A visiting American academic will bring stories of Indigenous hope and capacity building to a seminar at Alice Springs campus this week [Aug 3]. Kansas State University Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies Dr April Petillo will discuss Native Nation Building theory and the efforts of several US native nations who have increased their capacity for self-governance, self-determination, sustainable community and economic development. “The presentation will consider how this theory has been applied in social service settings and public policy arenas,” Dr Petillo said.
“The idea of rebuilding native and indigenous capacities through culturally appropriate and effective governance institutions resonates well when addressing social issues. This is relevant for indigenous communities beyond the US, as well.” Read more...


Dr Kerstin Zander

First NT researcher receives prestigious fellowship

31 July 2017

A Charles Darwin University academic is the first Northern Territory-based researcher to be awarded a prestigious Humboldt Fellowship to further her research into climate change impacts and adaptation. Northern Institute senior research fellow Dr Kerstin Zander was one of about 500 scientists and scholars world-wide to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship this year to conduct research in Germany in 2018/2019. The fellowship will enable her to carry out research for 12 months in Germany and collaborate with researchers in Bonn and Berlin.

“My main host for the Fellowship will be Professor Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute in Bonn, where I will continue my research into the economic and social impacts of climate and people’s adaptation strategies,” Dr Zander said. Read more....


Census Data Seminar

Darwin 2016 Census Data Seminar Hosted By Northern Institute

26 July 2017

Northern Institute hosted the 2016 Census Data Seminar in Darwin  at CDU Casuarina campus Wednesday 26 July 2-5pm. The seminar was one of many held across Australia revealing what the 2016 Census of Population and Housing tells us about ourselves, our communities and Australia.
The Darwin 2016 Census Data Seminar included a 45-minute overview of the 2016 census results, key findings specific to the Northern Territory and information about understanding the census data. In addition Australian Bureau of Statistics data specialists were available to provide support and guidance after the event. Nearly 100 people attended the event which was webcast live and recorded – you can view the Darwin presentation at this LINK


Welcome back Ruth

Welcome back, Ruth!

25 July 2017

It was wonderful to have lots of colleagues and friends join us for a morning tea today to welcome back NI Director, Professor Ruth Wallace to CDU. Ruth presented Professor Lisa McManus with a beautiful artisan made Raku pot to thank her for Acting as Director while she spent 6 months at Kansas State University studying for her Fulbright Scholarship. Ruth will be giving a presentation about her trip to the Unites States 2.30pm August 17 – keep an eye on social media for more details & to RSVP. View more pics of the event here


Bridging the gap in water knowledge

Bridging the gap in water knowledge

17 July 2017

Researchers are helping to bridge cultural and language knowledge gaps in a project to improve community participation in water management in remote communities.
Northern Institute education Professor Michael Christie and School of Indigenous Knowledges and Public Policy Yolngu studies coordinator Yasunori Hayashi are leading the community engagement and Indigenous knowledge section of the ARC Linkage funded project.
The collaborative project, titled “Cross-cultural management of freshwater on resource-constrained islands”, aims to develop methods for community-led adaptive water management on the resource-constrained island of Yurrwi (Milingimbi). Read more....


Why are Territorians losing their religion?

Why are Territorians losing their religion?

13 July 2017

Northern Institute Demographer, Dr Andrew Taylor, talks to ABC Darwin Radio’s Lyrella Cochrane about why Territorians are losing their religion. Click on link to listen to the interview http://goo.gl/ZiEjiE


Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

A meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

7 July 2017

Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, visited the Centre for Rural Medicine (CRM) in Storuman, Sweden, last week and NI researcher Professor Dean Carson and his wife Doris took advantage of this unique opportunity to talk about the research partnership between CRM and Charles Darwin University, including prospects for expanding the partnership in the future. Prime Minister Löfven was interested to hear about the value of student and researcher exchanges and gains made over the past three years of the program.  The Prime Minister visited CRM as part of a summer tour of the provinces of Sweden – read more about his tour 


 

NI celebrates ‘Why Our Languages Matter’ in NAIDOC Week 2017

6 July 2017

NAIDOC event

Over 65 people attend our NAIDOC ‘Why Our Languages Matter’ event at Northern Institute on Wednesday 5 July. Special guest Indigenous educator Dr Waymamba Gaykamangu had a captive audience when presenting about ‘Why Matha (Yolngu Languages) Matter,” where she explained some of the complexities of Yolngu language and culture. It was wonderful to see everyone take advantage of the afternoon break to have a cuppa & chat on the breezeway, and most importantly, make connections. There was a display by Cathy Bow, from the ‘Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages’ and Steven Bird of ‘Treasure Languages’ who talked to guests about their projects promoting Indigenous languages. After the break we heard from other speakers including Linda Ford, Kathy Guthadjaka, Yirrininba Dhurrkay, Richard Fejo, and others who shared about why their Indigenous languages matter. Even among those who no longer know their traditional language for various reasons, all agreed that language was integral for identity and for understanding cultures. Several speakers made the point that the younger generation needs to learn their own languages to keep them alive and thriving.
The event was recorded and will be uploaded to our Vimeo channel shortly. To view pictures of the event visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/NorthernInstitute/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1562854833733229


Tbusiness awards

CONGRATULATIONS NTVS!

5 July 2017

Northern Territory Veterinary Services (NTVS) won the Small Business Award at the Telstra Business Awards held on July 4. NTVS are one of NI's Industry partners. Dr Sam McMahon started NTVS 23 years ago in Katherine. She and business partner Dr Alex Burleigh now operate 2 veterinary clinics - 1 in Katherine and 1 in Alice Springs as well as providing services to remote Indigenous Communities. Sam and Alex have produced a number of research papers published in the Australian Veterinary Journal and are working with the Northern Institute to expand research into the human/animal pathogen interface.
See more pics here https://www.facebook.com/NorthernInstitute/posts/1561776677174378


Prof. Ruth in Kansas

Fulbright scholar notes similarities in regional development between Kansas, Australia

24 June 2017

Australian Fulbright Scholar Ruth Wallace says there are a lot of similarities in regional development between Kansas communities and her home country. MANHATTAN, Kan. —Though they are half a world apart, Ruth Wallace thinks her home in Australia isn’t too much different from many communities in the state of Kansas.
“I have found a lot of similarities here on issues about what the future looks like and who will be doing the work when you’ve got change,” said Wallace, the director of the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, who will complete a six-month Fulbright Scholarship in July at Kansas State University.
Wallace’s stay in Manhattan has included a lot of travel around the state to study changing demographics, economic development, workforce development, social policy and how governments make decisions, and other issues. read full story...


Australian populationIntroducing a new publication from Northern Institute 'Australian Population Studies'

30 June 2017

NI's Tom Wilson recently announced that Australian Population Studies will commence publication in November. Australian Population Studies is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal containing short, high-quality papers on Australian population issues. It is published by the Northern Institute, with CDU Library providing web hosting. The scope of the journal spans the full range of topics in demography and population studies, but contributions should focus on Australia and be written for a wide-ranging readership. In additional to regular research papers, the journal will also feature DemoGraphics, data visualisations, and Introductory Guides, introductions to methods, theories, or data for postgraduate students. There are no publication fees. read more....


Prof. Steven Bird

Language technology expert joins CDU

30 June 2017

A researcher living at a remote Northern Territory outstation to deepen his cultural understanding and develop new technology to preserve Indigenous languages has joined Charles Darwin University.
Professor Steven Bird is a social and technological researcher with an interest in the evolution of the world's languages and has joined the Northern Institute. Professor Bird is currently based at Kabulwarnamyo Outstation, in West Arnhem Land, to learn Kunwinjku language and begin conducting studies into its vitality. read full story here


Dr Tom Wilson

Territory Population Report

28 June 2017

How has the Territory’s population changed over the last few years & what factors are driving population change?  Northern Institute Demographer, Dr Tom Wilson, shares his findings taken from the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics population figures. View a Territory Population Update report here: http://goo.gl/yJr4oU


5 key points about NT’s population

5 key points about NT’s population

27 June2017

With the release of new 2016 Census data, and accompanying population estimates, here are five key points you need to know about the Northern Territory from NI Demographer Dr Andrew Taylor. Read the article HERE


Prof. Ruth in Kansas

Fulbright scholar notes similarities in regional development between Kansas, Australia

24 June 2017

Australian Fulbright Scholar Ruth Wallace says there are a lot of similarities in regional development between Kansas communities and her home country. MANHATTAN, Kan. —Though they are half a world apart, Ruth Wallace thinks her home in Australia isn’t too much different from many communities in the state of Kansas.
“I have found a lot of similarities here on issues about what the future looks like and who will be doing the work when you’ve got change,” said Wallace, the director of the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, who will complete a six-month Fulbright Scholarship in July at Kansas State University.
Wallace’s stay in Manhattan has included a lot of travel around the state to study changing demographics, economic development, workforce development, social policy and how governments make decisions, and other issues. read full story...