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Looking to establish a mentoring role with young community members showing a passion for languages, First Languages Australia and the Ministry for the Arts invited a group of youth delegates from around Australia to meet and work with the more experienced language advocates in Canberra.
First Languages Australia members met in Canberra recently with staff from the Ministry for the Arts in the Department of the Attorney General to discuss development of future strategies for languages support.
Congratulations go out to three members of the First Languages Australia network for awards received recently.
Noongar linguist, Denise Smith-Ali has been announced Western Australia’s Local Hero 2014 in the WA Awards for Australian of the Year. The award is in recognition of the tireless dedication Denise has shown to language work in the state. She joins recipients from the other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards to be announced on January 25 in Canberra.
Author, editor, social commentator and First Languages Australia Director Bruce Pascoe was this year awarded the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for his 27th book, Fog a Dox.
First Languages Australia Director Kevin Lowe and Tyson Yunkaporta were honoured with the 2013 Colin Marsh Award for their paper, The Inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content in the Australian National Curriculum: A cultural cognitive and socio-political evaluation, published in Curriculum Perspectives Volume 33, No 1.
Over the past months First Languages Australia has hosted meetings in Adelaide and at the national conference Puliima in Melbourne. Representatives Melinda Holden, Bridget Priman and Paul Paton were also honoured to be invited by the Western and Northern Aboriginal Language Alliance to attend the Wanala Conference 2013, to formally introduce the organisation to those attending.
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An impressive 12 page feature in the September issue of Australian Geographic.
A scan is available here but we recommend you purchase a copy of this fabulous feature, the photos, map and discussion are well worth it.Speaking Up - Australian Geographic feature
For SBS by Murray Silby
From an estimated 250 Indigenous languages at the time of European settlement, only about 20 are now widely spoken in Australia.
But where governments once ordered that the languages not be spoken, they are now funding their revival.
Whether the restoration efforts are enough for widespread revitalisation of the languages is yet to be seen, but Indigenous workers in the field say the seeds of success are beginning to germinate.
First Languages Australia was delighted to be part of Puliima again this year. It is always an important event bringing people together from around Australia and beyond to share and learn. This year saw a record number attending the conference and appreciating the diverse selection of presentations.
For the first time this year Puliima hosted a talent contest called, Australia's Got Language. The level of participation was wonderful as was the calibre of talent. First Languages Australia was involved in filming the performances and interviews with various conference attendees, for use in language promotion activities over the next few years. So stay tuned.
ABC report on the Mitchell Libraries Rediscovering Indigenous Languages project.
A treasure trove of Indigenous language documents from across Australia has been discovered in the New South Wales State Library.
The accounts of early contact between Aboriginal people and European settlers were unearthed during a forensic search of the unpublished papers filed away in the basement of the colonial building.
The NSW State Librarian is hosting Hidden Gems an international symposium that will explore the role of libraries and archives in the revitalisation of indigenous language and culture.
In proposing and hosting the symposium the State Library of NSW is once again taking the lead in the Australian First Languages Collection Strategy. First Languages Australia comments the initiative and looks forward to the discussions and presentations.