You are invited to join a discussion around the implications of the 2020 National Indigenous Languages Report (NILR) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, educators, policy-makers, policy implementers and policy evaluators. The discussion is hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) Australian National University, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and First Languages Australia (FLA).

The online forum will be held on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 2 pm - 5.30 pm AEDT

Speakers will provide briefings on the research that underpins NILR and the need for a new national Indigenous Languages framework. This will be followed by small group discussions of the potential of the NILR findings and the new approach to language data for areas of work (e.g. education, interpreting, policy evaluation), and for the new Closing the Gap targets, especially Target 16 ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and languages are strong, supported and flourishing’).

A general briefing paper is here.

Please go to the forum website to register, and you will be sent a Zoom link before the meeting. If you need help using Zoom please contact us.

We gratefully acknowledge support for the forum from the ANU Policy Greenhouse Fund.

SCHEDULE (as of 9 November 2020)
2.00 – 2.05 Acknowledgment of country, introduction
2.05 – 2.20 AIATSIS: National Indigenous Languages Survey
2.20 – 2.35 CoEDL: NILR: Language ecologies
2.35 – 2.50 CAEPR: NILR: Language and wellbeing
2.50 – 3.00 General discussion
3.15 – 3.30 DTDRC: Office for the Arts
3.30 – 3.45 First Languages Australia
3.45 – 4.15 Other speakers and general discussion
4.30 pm Small group discussions and questions
5.00 pm wrap-up

Please note the briefing sessions will be recorded on Zoom, and some may be posted on the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Languages (CoEDL) website. Snippets/stills of speeches may be used for the CoEDL website and annual report. Speaker and attendee approval of the material would be sought before publishing. You are welcome to turn your video off if you prefer not to be recorded.