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.
Of 145 spoken dialects, 110 are at risk of being lost, a report in 2005 found.
Announcing the national indigenous languages policy yesterday, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin and Arts Minister Peter Garrett said more would be done to raise awareness of the campaign.
“These languages are . . . a significant part of Australia’s heritage and we must ensure they are protected for the benefit of future generations,” Mr Garrett said.
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