Aboriginal language at risk in NT: watchdog

The Age: by Russell Skelton and Jewel Topsfield AUSTRALIA’S human rights watchdog has accused the Northern Territory ALP government of threatening the existence of the world’s “longest surviving continuous culture” by severely restricting the teaching of Aboriginal languages. Tom Calma, the nation’s race discrimination commissioner, said yesterday that the decision to mandate four hours of […]

A Way Forward: New Report on Indigenous Language in Schools

The Minister for Education, the Hon Julia Gillard, today released the Indigenous Language Programs in Australian Schools — A Way Forward report. The report was prepared by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), funded by the Australian Government’s School Languages Program. The report provides a snapshot of the current situation of Indigenous language education […]

Teaching Indigenous languages important

Media Release | Greens Spokesperson Rachel Siewer Plans to restrict the use of local Indigenous languages in Northern Territory schools are a backwards step, said the Australian Greens today. “It is clear there is a huge amount of concern over English literacy in the Northern Territory, but we need to ensure there is a researched-based […]

Response to the Prime Minister’s 2008 Apology

On the 13th February 2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made an apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples on behalf of the Parliament of Australia. The State Library of Queensland, with assistance from Queensland University of Technology and Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, has captured responses to this historic event The digital stories created as […]

Calls for a National Indigenous Languages Policy

From Government News Magazine. The Alice Springs-based group who created Ngapartji Ngapartji (a play which has sold out to national audiences and is a 2008 nominee for a prestigious Deadly Award), are calling on the Federal Government to urgently introduce a National Indigenous Languages policy. The group released a discussion paper to Government in late […]

Kaki waybala jiba-badi yalamal marri-marri manil wawu-mini

Wanyurrinku wunjal-wanjal wundil yalamal jiba-badi yurra duyun wunay jani ngarra bama. Waybala binal ngana kaday jarralinku gunna yurra wundil. Bama kurru-jindal wunjal-wunjal waybala milka-janay kari. Waybala wundil narmba bama-bu. Kaki waybala jiba-badi yalamal marri-marri manil wawu-mini. Yala mara-dajil waybala bama manil muru yaba barr wawu. Yalamalnya jiba-badi mara-dajil reconciliation jirralinku dungay Australia ngukurr bu-bu  dunday […]

A public forum on Australian Indigenous languages

Can you say ‘how do you do’ at Uluru? A public forum on Australian Indigenous languages presented by Big hART and the Ngapartji Ngapartji team. WHEN: 6-7pm, Wednesday January 30th 2008 WHERE: Belvoir Street Theatre. Belvoir St, Surry Hills, Sydney HOSTED BY: Prof. Larissa Behrendt – Research Director, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS SPEAKERS: […]

A Change to Commonwealth Government funding guidelines

A change to note in the funding guidelines for Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records, now administered by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts! “MILR will not fund proposals that include re-granting of project funds to other groups or organisations. This means that financial accountability can not be devolved. Funding recipients, […]