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The FATSIL delegates | Language, Fatsil, Strait, Aboriginal, School, Torres, Committee, Denise | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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In our last issue we profiled a number of FATSIL delegates, and here complete the coverage of the team with the introduction of the representatives from South Australia, Queensland,Tasmania and the Torres Strait Islands.

FAPatrick Whop Mabuiag Island
Languages: Kala LagawYa Yumpla Tok, Meriam Mir

After leaving school and training as a teacher in the 1950's, Patrick Whop taught at Badu Island Primary School in the Torres Strait.

Years later Patrick studied the linguistic papers produced by Ephraim Bani on Kala LagawYa, and became interested in working with his language. He took up studies at the School of Australian Linguistics in Batchelor, N.T., before returning to Torres Strait to teach literacy at TAFE College on nand at Mabuiag Primary School.

Patrick's current ambition is to become more involved in the production of teaching and resource materials to support the education of young Torres Strait Islanders in their own languages. He has now begun the Advanced Diploma of Arts in Language and Linguistics at Batchelor Institute. Patrick believes his involvement on the FATSIL committee will help communicate program information to Torres Strait Island Language teaching units, and increase awareness of the extent of the work currently being carried out.

FADenise Karpany Vice Chairperson South Australia
Languages: Ngarrindjeri Narungga,Adnyamathnaha Kaurna

Denise's Karpany is one of the longest serving members of the FATSIL committee, having been appointed as a delegate in 1995, and for the past 4 years filling the role of Vice Chairperson.

During much of that time Denise has also been employed as Project Officer-Field Worker with Yaitya Warra Wodli Language Centre in Adelaide, coordinating the communication with project workers around the State.

Denise is proud of the growing strength of FATSIL as a peak body and the recognition and acknowledgement now being given to the work of the committee.With new language teaching classes planned to start in South Australia, Denise says she happily looks forward to the day when more community members are able to converse with each other in their own language.

FARhonda Agius South Australia
Language: Ngarrindjeri

Rhonda is a teacher at Mansfield Park School and Executive Secretary of the Board of Management at Yaitya Warra Wodli Language Centre. She has been a FATSIL delegate for two years, and is more aware than ever of the importance of educating the general public about the reality and the significance of languages."There are still many non-indigenous people who think there's only one Aboriginal language, and we have a lot of work to do to change that. FATSIL as an organisation has come a long way since it started. I can see the changes and the results being produced.The strength of FATSIL is in its members and their diversity."


FATheresa Sainty Somerset Tasmania
Language: palawa kani

Theresa has worked with the community based Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for fourteen years and is now Senior Aboriginal Language Worker at the centre.

Theresa's work history includes membership of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council and the State Aboriginal Housing Committees among others. After training with linguist Leo Edwardsson and research coordinator Annie Reynolds,Theresa is now undertaking reconstruction and research duties, that have helped palawa kani become accessible for use by children in Tasmanian schools.


FADr Eve Fes! Queensland
Language: Gubbi Gubbi

Since 1995 when she joined the FATSIL Governing Committee,

Dr Fesl has spent a number of years as Honorary Secretary for the Executive. With a PhD in Linguistics, Dr Fesl has written widely on the subject of languages and related education issues, and has appeared as a conference presenter at national and international forums.
Within her local area, Dr Fesl has recently produced a CD of songs in Gubbi Gubbi, and is looking forward to the opening of a Cultural Museum to record and display the history of the area.