First Languages Australia was invited by the United Nations Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to participate in an expert group meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, January 2016.
Representatives of First Languages Australia Paul Paton and Daryn McKenny travelled New York to take part.
The meeting Indigenous Languages: preservation and revitalization (articles 13, 14 and 16 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) was undertaken to build upon recommendations from the previous expert group meeting in 2008, focusing on the principles of cultural diversity and indigenous languages as a way to promote intercultural dialogue and affirm indigenous peoples identity.
Paul and Daryn had the opportunity to speak at the meeting about the state of language revival in Australia and demonstrate projects and initiatives which are making positive inroads into language revival and cultural strengthening.
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Daryn McKenny and Paul Paton. "When we started to get our language back, we got our power back" Daryn. Photo courtesy UN.