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Batchelor Institute Seminar Series: In Our Own Language. The Aboriginal Interpreter Service in the Northern Territory

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(l-r) Dr Curtis Roman and Dean Jakamara (Interpreter)
Event: In Our Own Language. The Aboriginal Interpreter Service in the Northern Territory
Date: Friday 24 September 2021
Time: 11am – 12 noon ACST
Location: Building Purple 12, Room G, Batchelor Campus
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Who: All staff, students and members of the general public are invited to attend. Please share this invitation among your networks.


About this seminar:

This seminar will provide an overview of the Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) including the services that it provides, the cross-cultural challenges it has and how it deals with these challenges. The seminar will also provide an understanding on the importance of using trained interpreters and how to work with AIS interpreters. The AIS is the only government provider of Aboriginal interpreting services in the NT. The AIS assists service providers to provide culturally appropriate services to
Aboriginal people in their first languages, including providing recorded messages in Aboriginal languages.

This important service helps ensure Aboriginal people understand key community messages, provided by a trained and qualified interpreter workforce. Nearly all of the Aboriginal interpreter workforce are Aboriginal people from traditional backgrounds. This means that a culturally appropriate workplace and culturally appropriate leadership is an important aspect of daily operations. The AIS has received numerous awards, including a Chief Minister’s Award for Public Sector Excellence for their work on messaging in Aboriginal languages about COVID-19.

About Dr Curtis Roman and Dean Jakamara (Interpreter) :

Dr Curtis Roman is the Senior Director at the Aboriginal Interpreter Service. Curtis is a Larrakia man born and raised on Larrakia country. Curtis is the first Aboriginal man to receive a PhD from Charles Darwin University. Curtis has delivered many public seminars and has published on Aboriginal topics in academic journals in
Australia and overseas.

Dean Jakamara is from North/West Alice Springs. Dean is a trainer in the AIS and is also a nationally certified interpreter for the Anmatyerr and Warlpiri languages. Dean is a qualified teacher who received his Bachelor of Teaching from La Trobe University in 2002. Dean also has a strong interest in arts and crafts and currently
manages his own arts and crafts business.