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Plan To Rescue Threatened Australian Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Indigenous Languages Applauded

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma has welcomed the $9.3 million announced by federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett and Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin, to help save more than 100 threatened Indigenous languages.

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Research toward a National Indigenous Languages Policy

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John Prior (Electorate Officer for Senator Trish Crossin) is researching a National Indigenous Languages Policy for Minister Garrett's office. He welcomes comment as well as pointers to resources and references. He is unsure of the timeframe of this stage of development, so I would suggest contacting him as soon as you are able:

John Prior This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Electorate Officer Office of Senator Trish Crossin PO Box 946 Palmerston 0831 Ph: (08) 89310830 Fax: (08) 89310513 Mob 0409 671 892

Youth the key to save Australian Aboriginal languages

Its estimated that more than half of the 6,000 languages spoken around the world will become extinct over the next century.

Indigenous Australian languages are disappearing the fastest, with one langauge lost every month. But now the race is on to preserve them, before its too late.

Presenter: Madeleine Genner

Nicholas Evans, a linguist from the Australian National University; Richard Green, Dharug teacher

A report on Radio Australia

Indigenous language champion Grant honoured

stan grantA 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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Aboriginal education needs goals

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.

Puliima National Indigenous Languages Information Technology Forum

dsc_5777The 2nd Puliima National Indigenous Languages Information Technology Forum was given a resounding vote of support from the people from around Australia who attended it in Melbourne last month. With its focus on showcasing the best uses of technology to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language projects, Puliima once again had people exploring new ways to record, publish, teach and promote language within their communities, and considering the possibilities that exist for taking their work to wider audiences.

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Gumbaynggir Lady

Another still from the filming of the promo video for 'Ngarraanga'ABC Radio National's Awaye! program interviews Emma Donovan, including her song writing in Gumbaynggirr langauge and how she works with the Muurrbay Aboriginal Langauge and Culture centre in Nambucca.

Despite being one of the country's finest voices, Emma Donovan has enjoyed only modest success in her career as a solo artist. This week on Awaye!, we bring you a music special featuring three songs from Emma's soon-to-be released EP. The songs include a tribute to the stolen generations, Ngaraanga Ngiinundi Yuludarra (remember your dreaming) which is sung in Gumbaynggir, the language of Emma's mother's father.

Find out more about the program on the ABC website.

Sydney School Leads Efforts to Revive Lost Aboriginal Language

By Phil Mercer

A project at school in Sydney is leading efforts to revive an extinct Aboriginal language that was lost after European colonization. Chifley College is teaching Dharug to not only its indigenous students but others from Africa and the Pacific Islands as well as non-indigenous Australians.

The sounds of a lost language echo across a packed classroom in suburban Sydney as secondary school students help to revive an ancient part of Australia's indigenous culture.

Dharug was one of the dominant Aboriginal dialects in the Sydney region when British settlers arrived in 1788 but became extinct under the weight of colonization.

Students at Chifley College's Dunheved campus are taught by Richard Green, who is on a mission to rekindle an ancient language.

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Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay language resource

A new Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay language resource is available for download.

Gayarragi, Winangali is an interactive multimedia resource for Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay, languages of northern New South Wales, Australia. It is a resource for language learners at all levels, and for anyone interested in the Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay languages. It contains extensive language material, including audio. The main features are:

  • a searchable Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay Dictionary with over 2,600 entries, all including audio
  • 957 spoken sentences from traditional speakers, all transcribed, and hyperlinked to the dictionary
  • 30 songs and 14 stories, all transcribed, and hyperlinked to the dictionary
  • games, including crosswords and memory/matching games
  • other language resources as pdf and text files
Gayarragi, Winangali was compiled by John Giacon and David Nathan. It was launched on Monday 23 March by Professor Larissa Behrendt, to an enthusiastic audience of nearly 80 people, including many Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay people, at the Koori Centre, University of Sydney.

It was produced as a CD-ROM but is also available by download (about 200MB, Win XP/Vista), and is free for individuals and Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay organisations.

Go to http://yuwaalaraay.org and follow the link, or direct to http://lah.soas.ac.uk/projects/gw/.

Indigenous languages under threat, UN finds

The United Nations cultural agency UNESCO says more than 100 languages in Australia are in danger of extinction.

The latest edition of UNESCO's atlas of world languages in danger was launched in Paris yesterday and shows almost half the 6,700 languages spoken worldwide could disappear.

Sarah Cutfield from the Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies says the map is a great resource for those working to preserve traditional languages.

Original ABC article

UNESCO media release

Access to digital atlas

Unesco Endangered languages Worldmap (9M PDF)

Indigenous languages get a voice through Northern Arizona University

Indigenous languages are gaining momentum through Northern Arizona University's College of Education.

The college recently released Indigenous Language Revitalization, its current book compilation of 15 papers highlighting indigenous languages, from Navajo and Hawaiian to the Maori language in New Zealand.

"There's a real interest in Native American language revitalization," said Jon Reyhner, professor of bilingual multicultural education. "One of our goals is to become a leading university serving Native American nations."

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