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.
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
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in remote Australia can now apply to receive support and be empowered to archive and preserve their audiovisual cultural heritage.
29 Aug 2016 National News
A project to revive near-extinct traditional languages and teach them at primary school is getting remarkable results in a Central Queensland community.
24 Aug 2016 Queensland News
MANY Australians have never met an Aboriginal and are probably not aware that they use indigenous words every day.
24 Aug 2016 New South Wales News
A new edition of the Australian National Dictionary has just been published. It contains 16,000 words and while the first edition (published in 1988) included about 250 words from 60...
23 Aug 2016 National News
SOUND checks are well under way for the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir who are performing a sold-out show at the Lighthouse tonight.
21 Aug 2016 Northern Territory News
Fifteen Parkes school children had the honour of being involved in something very special on Monday when an ABC Arts crew came to town to record them speaking phrases in...
16 Aug 2016 New South Wales News
Spoken word "slam poetry" — speaking, screaming and even singing poems, stories, lyrics and monologues — has exploded across Australia over the past decade.
15 Aug 2016 National News
Ever wondered what our towns, cities and places mean in their Aboriginal language?
11 Aug 2016 National News
"These elders weren't meant to be here," said Goorie novelist Melissa Lucashenko, as she introduced the authors of the collection Our Way Stories at the Byron Writers Festival.
10 Aug 2016 New South Wales News
A University of the Sunshine Coast research team is investigating the long-term benefits of a program conducted five years ago to raise the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...
10 Aug 2016 Queensland News
You can hear the outback in Frank Yamma’s music, and that’s not just a figure of speech. The Pitjantjatjara singer-songwriter, who hails from the drylands of Central Australia, sings about...
10 Aug 2016 International
THE Barngarla language may be called a sleeping beauty, but with the use of modern technology, it’s seeing itself come back to life.
02 Aug 2016 South Australia News
A film exploring Wiradjuri culture and a tribute poem to the Stolen Generation have taken out two top honours at the New South Wales Premier’s Multicultural Media awards.
26 Jul 2016 New South Wales News
You can now search through all the major National and State Libraries including AIATSIS for language evidence right here on the Our Languages website. We have put together the list of links which will take you directly to the search pages so you can begin looking straight away. Please have a look at the excellent TROVE website which is constantly receiving new information added.
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Miromaa is a program which we have developed to aid in language preservation, reclamation and dissemination work, it is a easy to use, user friendly database to help you gather, organise, analyse and produce outcomes for your language work. The program enforces good archive practise and helps you gather any and all evidences of language including, text, audio, images and video.
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