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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 report.

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Butchulla may be taught in schools

Article by Stephen O’Grady, from the Fraser Coast Chronicle

HERVEY Bay is poised to pioneer an indigenous education revolution.

Scrub Hill Indigenous Education Forum. Attending: Sandy Strait State School principal Shane Urquhart, Fraser Coast councillor David Dalgleish, Paul Herschell and Will Davis of Qld Studies Authority with Butchulla elder Frances Gala and Butchulla community linguist Joyce Bonner. Photo by Daniel TweedScrub Hill Indigenous Education Forum. Attending: Sandy Strait State School principal Shane Urquhart, Fraser Coast councillor David Dalgleish, Paul Herschell and Will Davis of Qld Studies Authority with Butchulla elder Frances Gala and Butchulla community linguist Joyce Bonner. Photo by Daniel Tweed

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Call for Aboriginal language studies in schools

ABC online

A Brisbane academic has called for indigenous languages to be taught in schools.

Griffith University’s Dale Kerwin says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dialects have been denied their rightful place as official Australian languages.

Dr Kerwin says the incorporation of indigenous language into the classroom will go a long way to create social cohesion and preserving indigenous cultural heritage.

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Wiradjuri Country Signage Project Nomiated for a Local Government Cultural Award

Parkes Shire Council embraced the theme for NAIDOC Celebrations “Honouring our Elders, Nurturing our Youth".

image1Pictured at the unveilling are Parkes Shire Council's Mayor, Cr Ken Keith, Peak Hill Wiradjuri Elder Mrs Rita Keed and Wiradjuri Elder and Linguist Mr Stan Grant AM

As part of the NAIDOC Celebrations in Parkes Shire, a "Welcome to part of Wiradjuri Country" sign was unveiled at Peak Hill by Elders Rita Keed, Stan Grant AM, and the Parkes Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Ken Keith. School children from across Parkes Shire, Council and RTA representatives also attended.

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Indigenous verse back on agenda

Should Australia's national anthem include an Indigenous verse?

The idea has been around for sometime but former senator Aiden Ridgeway has again raised the question about adding an Indigenous verse to our national anthem.

Mr Ridgeway believes, "Most people seem to think the anthem is a little on the dull side so I think we need to do something more to bring it to life and give it connection back to country and that place being Australia."

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