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Strengthening Mowanjum Community Languages

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Mowanjum Community is working in partnership with Batchelor Press the specialty in-house publishing division of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education to revive their languages and strengthen their culture and languages for future generations.

There are three language groups living at Mowanjum Community (15km south of Derby). Worrorra, Ngarinyin and...

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Ngurrju! Manymak! Pupuni! NT drops First Four Hours in English policy

Greg Dickson writes in the Crikey Language Blog

It’s been three and a half rather long years, but the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training (NT DET) appears to have finally dropped their much-criticised policy of Compulsory Teaching in English for the First Four Hours of Each School Day. Checking the department’s policies today, it seems to have been quietly removed. As one of the many who criticised and lobbied against this policy, this is gratifying news and I can only hope it’s a permanent move. Read the full article

Government House Event honours Elders responsible for the preservation and revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

From left to right: Gail Mabo, Grace Gorey, Karina Lester, Dr. Eve Fesl, Marie Ellis, Ethel Munn, The Governor General Mrs Quentin Bryce, Verna Koolmatrie, Gordon Lanyipi, Dana Ober, Mariana Babia and Jeanie Bell

Thirty one years after forming an organisation dedicated to the preservation and revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, a group of Elders was honoured in an event at Government House in Canberra on Friday the 6th July.

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Djuba Dreaming

Listen for the language words in the film.

By Janice Slater for ABC Open.

A few years ago my sister cousin and I travelled again down the red dusty road of our childhood after many years. We are tracing the template of us.

The blueprint of us embedded indelibly in country. Tracking the map of our childhood trails, back to rediscover the landscape shrunken now by adult eyes, yet still the same. A miniature picture perfect.

But where were we? We were still those two little Badimaya Yamatji djuba, Badimaya ngarlus, barefoot, secure and safe within our family boundary with open spaces to roam freely with our girl-child secrets and special places.

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Phone  +61 2 4940 9144  or  1300 975 246
Visit  2 Milton St, Hamilton, NSW, 2303
Post PO Box 74, Hamilton, NSW 2303

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