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Little J & Big Cuz

Little J Big Cuz

Watch the series and check out the educational resources.
We assume you have all been enjoying the fantastic new series Little J & Big Cuz, Australia's first animated series featuring Indigenous characters.
Animation is an excellent tool for teaching, and also for sharing our languages, and we are particularly excited to hear that episodes have already been translated into Pintinjarra, Arrernte, Wiradjuri, Yawuru, and palawa kani, with more on the way.

First Languages Australia would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the production team and all the translators who have been busily working on their language versions.





Treasure language storytelling

Treasure language story

There will be another Treasure Language Storytelling show in Darwin in early July, as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival which coincides with NAIDOC Week.
This show follows six previous shows which brought Indigenous and immigrant storytellers to the stage to share stories first in the original language and then in English.

The shows in California included Ohlone and Hawaiian storytellers. The shows in Melbourne and Darwin included Woiwurrung, Djambarrpuyngu, and Kunwinjku.

Organiser Steven Bird is again keen to feature as many Australian Aboriginal languages as possible.

If you are a Top End language speaker, who would enjoy speaking in language to a highly receptive theatre audience, listen to the information at this link then This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as he would love to hear from you.





Marram-nganjinu Biik-gurrin - We are Country: Cultural Summit

We are Country Cultural Summit

 Warren H. Williams, Jilda Andrews and Sharni Jones at Marram-nganjinu Biik-gurrin

First Languages Australia Manager, Faith Baisden attended the Marram-nganjinu biik-gurrinnganjinu biikMarram-nganjinu biik-gurringurrin Cultural Summit, held in Melbourne 8-10 May. The event brought First Nations leaders from across Australia and the world together on the lands of the Kulin Nation to forge new directions of leadership in the cultural and creative sectors.



ABC management in Cairns to meet FLA network

ABC with FLA

Photo Katherine Soutar: ABC Management presenting with FLA at Puliima.

First Languages Australia was thrilled to have the Managing Director of the ABC Michelle Guthrie, the Director of Regional Fiona Reynolds, Queensland State Manager Cathie Schnitzerling and Partnerships Lead Bronwyn Purvis attend the Cairns National Languages Forum in October, to meet with the First Languages Committee and our network members.

Read more: ABC management in Cairns to meet FLA network

NAIDOC 2017: ‘Our Languages Matter’


NAIDOC 2017 Logo Our Languages Matter 

What an exciting time!

This year’s theme saw language workers run off their feet with enquiries. In many regions, NAIDOC activities went on for months with language centres ensuring that every school and community group who asked was able to participate in the celebrations and help spread the word that "Our Languages Matter". Youtube has been filled with beautiful videos that provide a snapshot of the events and activities around the country. First Languages Australia will continue to share these on our Facebook page into the future.

Read more: NAIDOC 2017: ‘Our Languages Matter’

Junyirri launched in Cairns


Junyirri: A framework for planning community language projects has been produced to
support community language planning toward a long-term vision. Input from language
centres around the country has been essential in ensuring that the framework is useful in
all language contexts.
Junyirri can be used to identify:
▪ community aspirations for language use,
▪ the available assets, and
▪ the types of programs that might be suitable for a particular situation.

Read more: Junyirri launched in Cairns

DGR status for language centres

In the past, some language centres have had trouble registering for Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. To receive DGR status organisations must have a charitable purpose that is for the benefit of the public. Language centres should no longer have trouble getting their charity, PBI or DGR status recognised.

In 2014, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established as the independent national regulator of charities. That year, the ACNC released The Commissioner’s Interpretation Statement: Indigenous charities. In line with this statement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language centres meet the public benefit test as they are working to address disadvantage. You can read the statement here: https://www.acnc.gov.au/ACNC/Publications/Interp_IndigenousCharities.aspx

Information of specific to language centres, compiled by First Languages Australia and the ACNC, is published as page 51 of Warra: Building teams, building resources

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MOU signed with AIATSIS


AIATSIS CEO Craig Ritchie and FLA Manager Faith Baisden sign the MOU. Photo AIATSIS

Increased access to language materials, collaboration and promotion of language projects
are the focus of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed by the
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and First
Languages Australia in May.

AIATSIS CEO Craig Ritchie said the partnership is especially significant given the
Institute’s role as caretakers of a vast collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
language materials. First Languages Australia Manager Faith Baisden said it is essential
that both organisations honour the trust placed in them by the language custodians.
‘This means that we work together to see that language knowledge is securely archived,
and that we find ways to make it more accessible for community members when they need
to research and use the materials for new language projects,’ Ms Baisden said.





First Languages Australia consults on New South Wales draft languages legislation

Draft Legislation

First Languages Australia Manager, Faith Baisden, with NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams, at the launch of the first stage of draft legislation to recognise and protect NSW Aboriginal languages. 


First Languages Australia is pleased to be involved in consultations with the government of New South Wales to draft legislation to recognise and promote Aboriginal languages in that state.

Speaking at the launch of the drafting of the legislation Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams, acknowledged the impact that language use has on wellbeing within communities.

"We know that Aboriginal people who speak their language are healthier, Aboriginal children learning a language do better at school, and that language renewal strengthens communities. If legislation can so effectively take away Aboriginal language, so too it can restore and revive Aboriginal language.” Said the Minister.

First Languages Australia Manager Faith Baisden, spoke with Minister Williams at the launch and will continue to offer input to the process with a view to seeing it replicated in other states and territories.


First Languages Australia and ABC National Media Project

Federal Minister launches First Languages Australia – ABC Media Project.

 November 2016
 Federal Minister launches First Languages Australia ABC Media Project
 Caption: Lionel Lovett from Parkes, Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield, Geoff Anderson from First Languages Australia, and Nick Lowther Chief of Staff ABC Western Plains, at the launch of ABC- First Languages Australia Regional radio call-sign IDs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Project.

The ABC Regional – First Languages Australia, Radio Call-sign IDs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Project was launched by the Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield, at the Artlands Regional Arts Conference in Dubbo in October.

First Languages Australia Committee Member Geoff Anderson, was thrilled to represent the organisation at the launch and to meet the Minister to discuss other national initiatives to promote and support languages. Parkes language teacher Lionel Lovett, also met with the Minister after the launch, which was attended by hundreds of arts workers from around the country.

 ABC Regional radio call-sign IDs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Puliima call for presentations and workshops

Puliima 2017

Yamani song sharing at Puliima 2015. Photo: Katherine Soutar

The planning and preparations for Puliima 2017 have begun, and the deadline for presentation and workshop submissions is Monday 27th February 2017.
Find all the details here



Make a #MemeML for International Mother Language Day


ANGKENTYE AHELHE UTNENGE-NTYELE ANWERNE AKALTYELE ANTHETYENHENGE. "Language is the spirit from the land. That's the way we teach it." Felicity Hayes, Leonie Palmer, Veronica Turner, MK Turner, Lorrayne Gorey were working with Margaret Carew on messages in #Arrernte, from central Australia.

Once again First Languages Australia is working with our international partners to encourage the use of our languages on social media to celebrate International Mother Language Day.

This year we are having a meme challenge and calling on you to share memes in your language over the next few weeks. You can find all the details here.

Post your meme with the #MemeML and #yourlanguagename to participate. And tag us@firstlanguagesaustralia on Facebook if you would like us to share your image.

Read more: Make a #MemeML for International Mother Language Day

Miromaa awarded Community Organisation of the Year


Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre staff accepting the Dreamtime Award

First Languages Australia would like to extend congratulations to the dedicated team at the Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre, on receiving the Community Organisation of the Year Award at the inaugural National Dreamtime Awards.

“To be sitting alongside the other nominees in itself was an amazing achievement, but to
win was a moment which is hard to put into words,” Daryn McKenny said. “To then be
announced as winners with the likes of Jessica Mauboy, Clinton Pryor, Stan Grant and
Gawurra was like a dream.”




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