What is the potential for First Languages informing and influencing built environment projects? What rights, protocols and processes must be understood and incorporated? How is this done respectfully? What are the dangers of superficial approaches?

Watch this excellent Deadly Djurumin Yarn with Uncle Ray Kelly and Jack Gillmer, led by Danièle Hromek.

Purchase access to the full recording via Vimeo on demand below (+ CPD).

Jack Gilmer on the power of language to understand place.

First Languages are born of Country and have belonging to place and to people whose origins are of that place. This means that First Languages have potentially powerful roles in built environment projects, but it is essential that practitioners understand that using original First Languages is not the same as using English and many other languages.

The protocols and rights of First Languages must be understood and integrated into architectural and design projects, and it is critical that processes of Language inclusion are guided by language Knowledge Holders.

Many First Languages are in the process of being recovered after colonisation and invasion forcibly removed the language from the speakers and knowers of that language – an impact that is exacerbated by movements of First Nations peoples due to colonisation, power imbalances and racism. It is important to recognise and understand this context, processes of recovery and rights in any work incorporating First Languages.

Uncle Ray Kelly is a Dhangatti and Gumbayngirr speaker and the Deputy Head of The Wollotuka Institute for Indigenous Engagement and Advancement at the University of Newcastle. His research is centred on the recognition and revival of Indigenous languages. Jack Gillmer is a proud Worimi and Biripi guri (man) of the Gathang language group, and an architect who explores Country as the driver of narrative to his architectural approach. They will yarn with Danièle Hromek, a language learner of the Dhurga and Dharawal language groups, spatial designer and Doctor of Design.

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One hour of formal CPD on completion of the CPD questions. See here for the Learning Objectives for the series as a whole.

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This session was recorded live on 3 November 2023. The Deadly Djurumin Yarns are a collaboration between Parlour and Deadly Djurumin.