Greg Dickson writes:
The Federal Government is nearly one year into a national inquiry into Indigenous languages. I spent a whole day this week working hard listening live to the Darwin hearing of the inquiry, officially titled “Language Learning in Indigenous Communities”. The hearing was gripping stuff (well, for me anyway) with a really interesting range of people giving evidence to the committee. If you haven’t heard of the inquiry – and I doubt many have – taking time to read some of the submissions and hearings transcripts will be worth your while.
The NT Government were first in giving evidence at the Darwin hearing. It was an important moment for the inquiry as the parliamentary committee has received many submissions and much evidence criticising the NT Education’s limiting of Indigenous language instruction in schools, restrictions on Indigenous language literacy programs and a policy dictating the “Compulsory Teaching in English for the First Four Hours of Each School Day“.