How Language can empower a Nation again.
Language has the power to restore, create, heal and connect. How the preservation and dissemination of the world’s oldest languages can empower a nation.
Charmaine is a Noongar woman from Bunbury who has connections to Wardandi, Wadjak, Balardong and Kaniyang Clans of the Noongar Nation and a connection to Yamtjii people from the Midwest. Charmaine’s role promotes Noongar Language across 14 Clans of the Noongar Nation whilst engaging with community in support of their language needs across the Southwest. Charmaine is also an accomplished author and artist resulting in five Children’s books in two languages Noongar and English. She has also been involved with Children’s NITV program ‘Waabiny Time’ as one of the consultants and writers. When Charmaine is not working, she is performing in her band WARANGKA (to sing in Noongar) as a singer and guitarist. Their song ‘ Kaya’ is well known across Noongar Country and today Elders are using it in their Welcomes to Country. Charmaine’s dream is to have multiple language nests across Noongar Country representative of all the Clans within Noongar Country. Charmaine believes that this will be the beginning of empowering a people.