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.