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NSW to Become First State to Pass Laws Protecting Indigenous Languages NSW will take the lead in Australia in introducing laws to protect traditional Aboriginal languages under a Baird government plan to preserve and revive the critically-endangered tongues.
Aboriginal Languages in NSW to be Protected by Legislation, Minister Says The New South Wales Government has announced plans to legislate to protect and revitalise Aboriginal languages.
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Aboriginal Languages

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.


This is where we as Aboriginal people can learn and share with one another and you, our languages, our methods for preserving our languages and our ways of disseminating our languages.

Welcome to "Our Languages" website. This is our place and it is your place now.

Our aim is for this to become a place where People from all around Australia will be able to share and to come together in all manner of ways to support the 250 plus Aboriginal Languages that exist in this country. From learning to commence a language program, to finding out what tools and resources exist to help, even to actually learning a language- we hope that all of these things and more will become available here, and make some difference to your journey.

If you would like to see how you can become part of the "Our Languages" website please contact us

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Reviving Indigenous Languages – Not As Easy As It Seems

Reviving Indigenous Languages – Not As Easy As It Seems

The NSW government has announced it will propose legislation for protecting and reviving NSW Aboriginal languages.

18 Nov 2016 National News

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NSW Leads Legislative Push to Preserve Indigenous Languages

NSW Leads Legislative Push to Preserve Indigenous Languages

SBS World News Radio: New South Wales is to become the first Australian state to introduce legislation to protect Aboriginal languages. The landmark bill will recognise Aboriginal people as the owners...

17 Nov 2016 New South Wales News

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NSW to Become First State to Pass Laws Protecting Indigenous Languages

NSW to Become First State to Pass Laws Protecting Indigenous Languages

NSW will take the lead in Australia in introducing laws to protect traditional Aboriginal languages under a Baird government plan to preserve and revive the critically-endangered tongues.

16 Nov 2016 New South Wales News

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NSW Govt to Protect Aboriginal Languages

Aboriginal languages once spoken in hushed and fearful tones will now be recognised and protected in legislation, the NSW government says.

16 Nov 2016 New South Wales News

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Aboriginal Languages in NSW to be Protected by Legislation, Minister Says

Aboriginal Languages in NSW to be Protected by Legislation, Minister Says

The New South Wales Government has announced plans to legislate to protect and revitalise Aboriginal languages.

16 Nov 2016 New South Wales News

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NoongarPedia Created as First Wikipedia Site in Aboriginal Language

NoongarPedia Created as First Wikipedia Site in Aboriginal Language

In Noongar country, in the south-west of Western Australia, researchers are building the first Wikipedia site in an Aboriginal Australian language.

11 Nov 2016 Western Australia News

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School Uses Robot to Revive Ancient Language

School Uses Robot to Revive Ancient Language

A conference held last month, called the Australian Conference for Computers in Education, unveiled research into the impact of humanoid robots on students’ computational thinking.

09 Nov 2016 National News

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'WITBN Is Family': Indigenous Broadcast Forum Opens at NITV

'WITBN Is Family': Indigenous Broadcast Forum Opens at NITV

Eight Indigenous broadcasting operators from around the globe are meeting in Sydney to discuss and celebrate Indigenous cultures around the world.

07 Nov 2016 National News

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Wiggles Visit Puts Far North Queensland Aboriginal Community Yarrabah in Global Spotlight

Wiggles Visit Puts Far North Queensland Aboriginal Community Yarrabah in Global Spotlight

Wigglemania has swept through the far north Queensland Aboriginal community of Yarrabah.

04 Nov 2016 Queensland News

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Central Queensland Indigenous Elder's Mission for Grandchildren to Speak Fluent Darumbal Complete

Central Queensland Indigenous Elder's Mission for Grandchildren to Speak Fluent Darumbal Complete

When central Queensland Indigenous elder Nhaya Nicky Hatfield started piecing her Darumbal language together, she vowed that one day her grandchildren would speak it fluently.

03 Nov 2016 Queensland News

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Researchers Hunt 20th Century Indigenous Community Newsletters for Rare Serials Collection

Researchers Hunt 20th Century Indigenous Community Newsletters for Rare Serials Collection

Researchers are on the hunt for copies of newsletters produced in Indigenous communities around Australia in the latter half of the 20th century.

01 Nov 2016 National News

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Wiradyuri Lessons For Students at Bathurst West Public School

Wiradyuri Lessons For Students at Bathurst West Public School

STUDENTS at Bathurst West Public School are undertaking lessons in Wiradyuri language thanks to an ongoing needs-based funding program.

01 Nov 2016 New South Wales News

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4-Year Old Russian Girl Speaks 7 Languages

4-Year Old Russian Girl Speaks 7 Languages

At the age of 4, Bella Devyatkina speaks six foreign languages fluently, plus her native Russian.

28 Oct 2016 International

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Preserving Precious Indigenous Languages

Preserving Precious Indigenous Languages

Linguists are using new technology to return decades-old recordings of near-extinct languages to the communities where they were made.

26 Oct 2016 Victorian News

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Indigenous Dictionary Project Aims to Keep Endangered Languages Alive

Indigenous Dictionary Project Aims to Keep Endangered Languages Alive

A project in development by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation aims to revolutionise the teaching and learning of literacy in indigenous communities across Australia.

25 Oct 2016 National News

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Biripi Traditional Language Immersion Day at Saltwater

Biripi Traditional Language Immersion Day at Saltwater

The local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community are invited to participate in a day of Gathang - the traditional Aboriginal language spoken on Biripi country.

25 Oct 2016 New South Wales News

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Shark Bay Traditional Owners Sing in Language Not Heard For Decades

Shark Bay Traditional Owners Sing in Language Not Heard For Decades

The Aboriginal language of the Malgana people of Shark Bay, Western Australia, is rarely heard these days, but as a group of women and men just proved, many are eager...

24 Oct 2016 Western Australia News

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Aboriginal Educator Questions State Government Language Revitalisation Program

Aboriginal Educator Questions State Government Language Revitalisation Program

A leading Aboriginal language educator has criticised the Department of Education's management of Indigenous languages in NSW schools.

24 Oct 2016 New South Wales News

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Martu Elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and ‘Collisions’

Nyarri Nyarri Morgan has hat hair. Snowy white kiss curls are plastered against his forehead. Beside him is his hat: desert dusty, black felt, wide brim. His shirt buttons shine,...

22 Oct 2016 National News

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An Interactive Story That Prompts You to Speak an Endangered Aboriginal Language

An Interactive Story That Prompts You to Speak an Endangered Aboriginal Language

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

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School transition made easier with the help of Little J and Big Cuz

School transition made easier with the help of Little J and Big Cuz

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

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Foundation launches million-dollar plan to record Australia's songlines

Foundation launches million-dollar plan to record Australia's songlines

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.

19 Oct 2016 National News

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Douglas Adams' Babel Fish Translator Concept Close to Reality as Language Applications Get Smarter

Douglas Adams' Babel Fish Translator Concept Close to Reality as Language Applications Get Smarter

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

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Living Languages

Living Languages

Andy Mason visited the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Co-operative.

15 Oct 2016 New South Wales News

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What is Language Extinction and Why Should We Care?

What is Language Extinction and Why Should We Care?

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

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Taking Indigenous Languages Online: Can They Be Seen, Heard and Saved?

Taking Indigenous Languages Online: Can They Be Seen, Heard and Saved?

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

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NSW South Coast Aboriginal After-School Pilot Program Helping Kids Connect With Culture

NSW South Coast Aboriginal After-School Pilot Program Helping Kids Connect With Culture

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

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Indigenous Trail a Historic First for State Forests

Indigenous Trail a Historic First for State Forests

HISTORY was made at Korora Lookout yesterday with the official opening of an indigenous, interpretive walking track.

04 Oct 2016 New South Wales News

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Fairbanks Couple Reflects on Lifetime Devoted to Study of Alaska Native Cultures

Fairbanks Couple Reflects on Lifetime Devoted to Study of Alaska Native Cultures

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

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Archie Roach and Corey Theatre Find Common Ground

Archie Roach and Corey Theatre Find Common Ground

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

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Video Game Offers New Life to Ancient Indigenous Language

Video Game Offers New Life to Ancient Indigenous Language

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

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Review: Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones) Was Made Flesh

Review: Barrangal Dyara (Skin and Bones) Was Made Flesh

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

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