Bilingual education ideas welcomed

By Kiri Ten Dolle for The Satellite INDIGENOUS members of the community have welcomed the Federal Government’s recommendations to introduce bilingual education in schools to boost Aboriginal student attendance. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, chaired by Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann, last week hand down its […]

Our Land Our Languages Report

Today the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled its report on the inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities entitled Our Land Our Languages. The report, and summary document, can be downloaded and read on the House of Representatives Committee’s website.

Parliament reports on indigenous tongues: can they be saved?

Greg Dickson, of Crikey language blog Fully (sic), writes: Today federal Parliament releases the Our Land, Our Languages report, stemming from the recent inquiry into Learning Languages in Indigenous Communities. Our Land, Our Languages draws on 154 submissions and 23 public hearings held throughout Australia over the course of a year. The report comprehensively argues […]

Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities

QILAC was one of a small number of organisations invited to address the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities. The hearing was held at Parliament House in Brisbane October 6th. The invitation to appear followed QILACs submission to the inquiry, which highlighted […]

Protection of Indigenous Languages a focus of National Social Justice Report

An article by Louise McDermott (Media Advisor in the Public Affairs Unit at the Australian Human Rights Commission) in the Human Rights Law Resource Centre Bulletin, Volume 47  – March 2010 The article summarises the 2009 Social Justice Report released 22 January 2010, and highlights Indigenous Languages as one of three key themes to the […]

Last of his language

Courier Mail August 10, 2009 12:00am THE Federal Government has pledged $9.3 million over the coming year to help take 113 indigenous languages off the critically endangered list.

Media Commentary on National Language Policy Announcement

There is some confusion in the media about the money but the Australian Government announced a National Indigenous Languages Policy yesterday. Here’s the various links.

Federal Government acknowledges Indigenous Languages

On the 9th of August the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts together with the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs released media statement and policy document on Indigenous Languages.

Holding our tongues

Australia has the highest rate of language extinction on the planet: that’s according to UNESCO who says language diversity is—like species diversity—rapidly declining. And once a language is gone, can it really be brought back to life? Holding our tongues is an ABC Hindsight project about the long and painful task of reviving Aboriginal languages. […]

Indigenous languages under threat, UN finds

The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO says more than 100 languages in Australia are in danger of extinction. The latest edition of UNESCO’s atlas of world languages in danger was launched in Paris yesterday and shows almost half the 6,700 languages spoken worldwide could disappear. Sarah Cutfield from the Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]