Following a lengthy period of consultation and planning, we are pleased to let you know that a national advocacy group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will begin operating from early December. It was decided that this new national body will be known as First Languages Australia.
The aim of this group will be: “To advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Australia, through discussions with a broad range of relevant government and non-government departments and organisations.”
First Languages Australia will aim to provide a collaborative link between community and the organisations charged with serving them.
The first steps for the group will involve; • investigating the most appropriate method of registration of the organisation • a call for membership • a call for expressions of interest to take up new positions on the committee.
On the national level, this is a time of great changes and opportunities, and the members of First Languages Australia will be keen to tackle these challenges as it begins operations, establishing itself with key partners both here and internationally.
We’d like to thank those who have contributed to the discussions around the formation of First Languages Australia. We look forward to talking with many more people over the coming months and will welcome your input and feedback to the work of this organisation.
A new website and associated materials will be developed in early 2013. In the mean time please refer to the Eastern States Aboriginal Languages Group website for updates and add yourself to the mailing list.
We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you.
Faith Baisden Coordinator First Languages Australia Phone: 07 3286 3965 Mobile: 0417 628 437