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Dikul Baker

Indigenous language materials support online learning

Charles Darwin University has enhanced its reputation as a pioneer in Indigenous education by making online learning more accessible through the development of Indigenous language materials. Researchers at CDU’s Northern Institute have produced video resources in Yolŋu Matha to support speakers of those languages to access online learning materials.

CDU student Dikul Baker, from Galiwinku, has worked with CDU staff to make the university’s online learning tool, Learnline, more accessible to Indigenous students. In the videos, she demonstrates how to use the platform and the various support services available for remote learners in English and in her own Djambarrpuyŋu language, which is understood by most Yolŋu. Full sotry and link to the materials

Jodi Cowdery has won the SAGE Indigenous Researcher Scholarship for 2020

NI’s Jodi Cowdery has won the SAGE Indigenous Researcher Scholarship for 2020

16 December 2020

Jodi Cowdery has won the SAGE Indigenous Researcher Scholarship for 2020. Jodi recently joined the NI family and is working with our Demography team undertaking a PhD exploring the relationships between mining & Indigenous livelihoods. At the award presentation Jodi said she will use her $3K prize money to travel & engage with remote Indigenous communities for her research. CONGRATS JODI!

Jodi is pictured with Anthony Hornby (CDU Director Library Services) who presented the award.

MPP Student Award

Best Master of Public Policy (MPP) Student Award 2020

15 December 2020

WELL DONE to Rochelle Dennis who took out the Best Master of Public Policy (MPP) Student Award at the CIFAS Student Awards 2020.

Rochelle earned the award by having the highest GPA for a student enrolled in the MPP. GREAT WORK!

Are you thinking of studying Public Policy in 2021? Find out more about studying with Northern Institute here:

PhD oppertunity

Expression of Interest PhD Opportunity

15 December 2020

We're seeking an enthusiastic current (or future) PhD student who is passionate about exploring the best way to create effective pathways for Tiwi residents to play active and diversified roles in local tropical forestry plantations, and integrate those in a broader Tiwi workforce strategy.

The successful applicant will be required to reside in Darwin and will receive an annual stipend (circa $28,000AUD per annum) + paid sick leave, maternity leave and a relocation allowance of up to $2,000.

Interested candidates are asked to submit an Expression of Interest by February 1, 2021.

More details about the opportunity can be found at:

NI Staff AwardsNI cleaned up at College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society (CIFAS) 2020 Research and Professional Staff Awards!

13 December 2020

Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff of CIFAS in 2020
Aravinda Senarath, for excellent performance in providing outstanding and timely financial service and advice.

Exceptional Performance in Research in CIFAS in 2020
Early Career Researcher Award: Michaela Spencer, for excellence in culturally safe research collaboration with Indigenous communities and the creation and implementation of Indigenous Community Based Research micro-credentials.

Exceptional Research Award: Fiona Shalley, Sigurd Dyrting, George Tan, Dávid Karácsonyi, Andrew Taylor, and Jan Salmon, for outstanding 2020 publication output of 10 published Q1 journal articles, five published Q2 journal articles, 1 book, 7 book chapters and 3 technical reports by end of October 2020.

Indigenous Language SymposiumSAVE THE DATE

10 December 2020

Indigenous Languages & Health Communication Sysposium Workshop 2021

12 -14 May 2021

Expression of interest to present will open early 2021


work with usNeed a sea change in 2021? 

09 December 2020

We’re looking for research leaders to join our world class team.

Professor of Political Science:

Professor in Indigenous Social Research

Applications Close: 11 January 2021

Cathy BowIntroducing...DR Cathy Bow!

08 December 2020

We would like to congratulate Dr Cathy Bow on the completion of her PhD.

Dr Cathy’s research was on "Entanglements of digital technologies and Indigenous language work in the Northern Territory''

NI Researchers ARC grants

CDU News: Northern Institute Language researchers awarded ARC grant

04 December 2020

A team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers at Charles Darwin University have been awarded a grant to study Aboriginal language programs in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Northern Institute Professor Steven Bird said the $366,000 Australian Research Council Discovery grant would enable the team to work with communities to construct a substantial evidence base, leading to better understandings about how Aboriginal languages are revitalised and maintained. Read the full story

New Publication - Post-Critical Mobile Pedagogy

CRITICAL MOBILE PEDAGOGY - Cases of Digital Technologies and Learners at the Margins

01 December 2020

Chapter 14
'Post-Critical Mobile Pedagogy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts'
Co-written by Professor Ruth Wallace & Greg Williams

Now available for pre-order:

NI LinkedIn

Follow Us On LinkedIn Now

26 Novemeber 2020

You can now stay up-to-date with Northern Institute news and events via our NEW LinkedIn account.

Visit or type in Northern Institute in the Search area of the LinkedIn site to connect.

Book launch : Gupapuyŋu Goḏu-Mayali’mirri Dhäruk ga Dhäwu Mala

Book launch : Gupapuyŋu Goḏu-Mayali’mirri Dhäruk ga Dhäwu Mala

25 November 2020

Y'day we celebrated the launch of Gupapuyŋu Goḏu-Mayali’mirri Dhäruk ga Dhäwu Mala by Waymamba Gaykamaŋu, Yasunori Hayashi & illustrated by Brenda Muthamuluwuy.

Gupapuyŋu Goḏu-Mayali’mirri Dhäruk ga Dhäwu Mala is a careful work of meaning-making with Waymamba Gaykamaŋu as a Yolŋu Aboriginal elder and Yasunori Hayashi, a non-Indigenous coordinator of Yolŋu Studies Centre (YSC) at College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society (CDU). Accompanied with narratives and illustrations, this language resource comprises of more than two hundred idioms in particular body-part related in Waymamba’s Gupapuyŋu Dhuwala, one of Yolŋu Aboriginal languages from East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Yolŋu Aboriginal people and their languages have many ways of connecting their bodies, and parts of their bodies to things and actions in the outside world. This book explores the ‘hidden meanings’ of many Gupapuyŋu language compound words and opens up insights into different and unexpected Yolŋu ways of thinking and being in the world. More images

The book is available to buy at the CDU bookshop in store and online visit