For over 60,000 years and 2500 generations over one billion Aboriginal people have walked this land together...Today we still walk, but we have more hands to hold. This will forever continue as we travel on our journey protecting our country, protecting our land, protecting our culture, protecting our language and protecting our people.
Only three fluent speakers of Marra remain. ‘My Grandmother’s Lingo’ is an interactive animation that asks users to speak words from this endangered Aboriginal language.
19 Oct 2016 International
A new television series seeks to support the successful transition from home to school for Indigenous children and their families.
19 Oct 2016 National News
One to two Indigenous languages are being lost every year, say experts who estimate if the trend continues only 50 Indigenous languages will be left by the year 2050.
In his classic 1978 novel Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, British author Douglas Adams wrote of a leech-like translator fish that could be put inside a person's ear and enable...
17 Oct 2016 National News
Almost half of the roughly 6,900 languages spoken around the world today are endangered. Scarily, the rate of extinction is accelerating and there is a whole lot at stake.
06 Oct 2016 National News
With our digital world dominated by English, minority and endangered languages struggle to be seen and heard. A new interactive documentary launched online today by SBS, My Grandmother’s Lingo, attempts...
06 Oct 2016 Queensland News
A first of its kind after school program on the NSW South Coast is helping Indigenous children connect with their culture and country.
05 Oct 2016 New South Wales News
HISTORY was made at Korora Lookout yesterday with the official opening of an indigenous, interpretive walking track.
04 Oct 2016 New South Wales News
FAIRBANKS — The map linguist Michael Krauss created in 1974 wasn’t the first of its kind, but its careful attention to detail has secured its lasting impact for understanding and...
03 Oct 2016 International
One is a mainstay of the Australian and Indigenous music scenes, the other a rising voice aiming to preserve the Gunditj-Mara language through song. Archie Roach and Corey Theatre spoke...
27 Sep 2016 South Australia News
The world's first Aboriginal Australian language video game has put smiles on the faces of Indigenous children who never thought they'd see their culture reflected in a game.
27 Sep 2016 Australian Capital Territory News
On a Sydney September night last week, ghosts with shields danced on the flat grass outside the Rose Garden Pavilion at the Royal Botanic Garden. The Bangarra Dance Theatre eloquently...
26 Sep 2016 New South Wales News
Perth singer Gina Williams is committed to preserving the Noongar language through music, and a chance meeting with The Church's Steve Kilbey led to them unexpectedly performing an Australian classic...
23 Sep 2016 Western Australia News
The first person to set foot on the continent of Australia was a woman named Warramurrungunji. She emerged from the sea onto an island off northern Australia, and then headed...
21 Sep 2016 National News
They contributed to the mistreatment of Aboriginal people and the erosion of their culture and, even today, fail to properly understand how to help Aboriginal people under their care.
15 Sep 2016 National News
YIRRA Yaakin Aboriginal Theatre Company visited Swan View Senior High School last week to perform a sonnet of Shakespeare in Noongar.
08 Sep 2016 Western Australia News
Katherine based Enterprise Learning Projects (ELP) has worked with the community of Minyerri to produce a beautiful colouring book to help children learn and preserve the Alawa language.
07 Sep 2016 Northern Territory News
For more than a decade, the school has run a revitalisation program for the traditional language of the Nunggubuyu people.
06 Sep 2016 Northern Territory News
My Australian-educated friends tell me they were taught at school that all Aboriginal people only counted one, two, three, four and many. While it might be the case for some...
05 Sep 2016 National News
It seems extraordinary that I am writing about why Australians should know something about Australian languages. How can anyone really know this country if they do not know its languages?
'Language is not just language; it's the way you transmit culture'.
04 Sep 2016 International
Only a handful of frail elders speak our language. Our youth can save it, but the language can also save our youth and reconnect them with their heritage.
04 Sep 2016 National News
Fanny Cochrane Smith’s death was a terrible blow to Tasmania’s languages but, nearly a century later, the Pakana people decided to revive their native tongue.
03 Sep 2016 National News
An early childhood program working with Indigenous communities in west Arnhem Land is trying to divert young people from the child protection and justice systems.
03 Sep 2016 Northern Territory News
The people who have occupied south-west Western Australia for 30,000 years are determined to ensure the survival of their Noongar language.
02 Sep 2016 Western Australia News
The creators of a cultural card game in the Pilbara say it is reviving language and teaching the complexity of the local skin group systems.
It was a language that almost died but the efforts of a community – and one man – have brought Wiradjuri back to life.
01 Sep 2016 New South Wales News
THE first indigenous female MP elected to the House of Representatives broke all the rules and moved the House to tears with her maiden speech.
01 Sep 2016 National News
Inspired by my father and to honour the traditions of our people, I have learned more of the Wiradjuri language. But I am the sum of many parts.
31 Aug 2016 National News
They don't often sing songs from the public gallery in the nation's Parliament; speakers don't usually wear kangaroo-skin cloaks, and politicians from opposing sides don't normally hug, shed a tear...
While the vast number of Indigenous languages are considered endangered, there are many that have a good chance of survival if they are nurtured.
Texting and emailing may actually be helping to save endangers languages, rather than contributing to their demise, new research suggests.
30 Aug 2016 International
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