A man who has spent decades promoting Indigenous language has been named a member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Wiradjuri elder Stan Grant Senior has seen his language almost disappear after it was banned from use.
But Mr Grant has fought to preserve the culture by creating and teaching language and culture programs across southern New South Wales.
His work has taken him to prisons, schools, TAFE colleges and Universities and has lead him to co-author the first Wiradjuri dictionary.
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Justine Ferrari, The Australian, May 25, 2009
INDIGENOUS leaders are calling for a national education action plan to be adopted at the next meeting of state and federal governments, setting out specific goals to be reviewed annually.
A working group of indigenous leaders headed by Australian of the Year Mick Dodson is proposing a 25-year action plan along the lines of the compact on indigenous health signed by government and key stakeholders last year.
The initiative comes at the instigation of the Australian Education Union, which approached Professor Dodson to spearhead the development of a long-term plan to overcome the piecemeal approach that has characterised efforts to improve indigenous education in the past.
Professor Dodson has formed a working group with representatives of the AEU and leading Aborigines, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice and Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma and executive director of the Indigenous Education Leadership Institute Chris Sarra, to develop ideas for the plan.
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Article with thanks to the Australian Education Digest.