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REGISTRATIONS OPEN

Cairns, May 8th and 9th 2014
Location: 73 Greenslopes St. Cairns.

Registrations are now open for the Cairns Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Forum, which will be co hosted by the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee and the North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre. You can look forward to a mixture of workshops and presentations from around Queensland and beyond, aimed at inspiring and supporting us all in our language ventures.

There’ll be new resources to discover and interesting projects calling for your contribution, such as the Mapping Queensland Project, showing all languages and their ‘language families’ throughout the state.

Come and explore the Miromaa Language Resource or look into the potential of other new tools and technology. Best of all, why not let others know about what you have achieved or what you are dreaming of in your own place by giving a presentation. (These can be as short as 10 minutes if you don’t love the limelight.)

We want to hear your songs and see your dance, so please tell us about these when you register and we’ll find time in the program for you to share them with everyone.

There’ll be a barbecue dinner on Thursday evening for a small cost, and an early finish on Friday afternoon to help you get home for the weekend.

Registration is free for community members and only $50 per day for others, but you will need to register to attend. As places at the forum are limited could we ask you to please register by the 1st May. This can be done either:
* Through the registration form online.
* By contacting North Queensland Language Centre on 4053618, email   nqraclc  @   bigpond.com, or
* Contacting QILAC on 07 32863965 or by email   admin  @  qilac.org.au

There is a small amount of funding available to help cover travel and accommodation expenses. If you would like to apply for some level of financial assistance to attend please complete and return this application form. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee to be able to help everyone who applies.

Nearby accommodation is available at:

  • Shangri La Villas – across the road from the Forum
    288 Sheridan Street, Cairns. Ph: 07 4052 1333. www.villashangrila.com.au
  • The Lakes Cairns Resort & Spa – 8 minutes walk from the Forum
    2 Greenslopes Street, Cairns. Ph: 07 4053 9411. www.thelakescairns.com.au

Further accommodation options will be forwarded with the next notice.

It has been many years since Queensland language teams have had an opportunity to come together. We look forward to seeing you in Cairns.


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REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Queensland Languages Forum 2014

Cairns, May 8th and 9th 2014
Location: 73 Greenslopes St. Cairns.

Registrations are now open for the Cairns Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Forum, which will be co hosted by the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee and the North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre. You can look forward to a mixture of workshops and presentations from around Queensland and beyond, aimed at inspiring and supporting us all in our language ventures.

There’ll be new resources to discover and interesting projects calling for your contribution, such as the Mapping Queensland Project, showing all languages and their ‘language families’ throughout the state.

Come and explore the Miromaa Language Resource or look into the potential of other new tools and technology. Best of all, why not let others know about what you have achieved or what you are dreaming of in your own place by giving a presentation. (These can be as short as 10 minutes if you don’t love the limelight.)

We want to hear your songs and see your dance, so please tell us about these when you register and we’ll find time in the program for you to share them with everyone.

There’ll be a barbecue dinner on Thursday evening for a small cost, and an early finish on Friday afternoon to help you get home for the weekend.

Registration is free for community members and only $50 per day for others, but you will need to register to attend. As places at the forum are limited could we ask you to please register by the 1st May. This can be done either:
* Through the registration form online.
* By contacting North Queensland Language Centre on 4053618, email   nqraclc  @   bigpond.com, or
* Contacting QILAC on 07 32863965 or by email   admin  @  qilac.org.au

There is a small amount of funding available to help cover travel and accommodation expenses. If you would like to apply for some level of financial assistance to attend please contact us for an application form. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee to be able to help everyone who applies.

Nearby accommodation is available at:

  • Shangri La Villas – across the road from the Forum
    288 Sheridan Street, Cairns. Ph: 07 4052 1333. www.villashangrila.com.au
  • The Lakes Cairns Resort & Spa – 8 minutes walk from the Forum
    2 Greenslopes Street, Cairns. Ph: 07 4053 9411. www.thelakescairns.com.au

Further accommodation options will be forwarded with the next notice.

It has been many years since Queensland language teams have had an opportunity to come together. We look forward to seeing you in Cairns.


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Yugambeh being taught at Waterford West State School in Logan

From NITV by David Liddle.

A Brisbane school has started teaching a local Aboriginal language, in a bid to engage Indigenous students and close the gap in education.

Waterford West State School in Logan, which recently won the Education category of the Premier’s Reconciliation Awards, has started teaching its students Yugambeh, a local Aboriginal language.

The school, which has 640 students of whom 80 are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, is hoping that including the language in its curriculum will help close the gap in education and encourage Aboriginal students and their families.

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Warrgamay people developing mayay (language) story books

An ABC Open Blog post by Jedda Priman, as part of ABC Open’s Mother Tongue Project.

Throughout the last decade the Warrgamay people have worked hard to reclaim their traditional language. Today we are developing story books for children using the Warrgamaygan mayay.

We are currently working on two children’s story books written in both English and Warrgamay. These story books will have the facility of an audio recording along with the book.

Read the full post and leave your comments.

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Melissa Lucashenko’s Mullumbimby

From ABC books and arts daily, by Daniel Browning.

In Bundjalung, you might greet another blackfella by asking: ‘Jingawahlu?’ Literally, ‘Where do you walk?’ but there is a deeper meaning: ‘Where are you from, where have you been, where are you going?’ Living and walking on your own country confers a sense of belonging. Unfortunately for Twoboy, his fight is a bit more complicated. In the absence of songs, language and an intact dreaming—although he knows his totem or ‘meat’ is the mibun or wedgetail eagle—Twoboy has to prove his Bundjalung identity the whitefella way: suited up, in the tribunal.

Daniel Browning

See Melissa’s website for Mullumbimby.

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Languages are key to ATSI student engagement.

Lurleen Blackman with her grandchildren, recording in Nywaygi for a national Aboriginal language promotion project, with Michael Bromage (ABC Open). Photo credit: Faith Baisden.

Media Release

The Queensland Government’s discussion paper on the Development of a Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Early childhood, school education, training, tertiary education and employment action plan has been welcomed by Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee (QILAC).

Linguist and QILAC member Bridget Priman says she is pleased to see the Government initiating discussions toward a new approach to Indigenous Education from ‘crayon to workforce’.

The Discussion Paper acknowledges that though there has been much invested in indigenous education this investment has not yet shown significant changes in the situation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Bridget believes that Indigenous languages are a key area that has been overlooked to date. “Research shows great links between the provision of high quality home language programs and educational participation and attainment for Aboriginal students.” she says.

These programs can be based in regions of language revitalization (where languages might not be spoken much in the community) as well as in areas where English is the second language.

“It doesn’t matter on the context.” says Bridget. “A good language program with appropriate community participation results in our students being more interested in school and doing much better in all their school subjects.’

QILAC is providing a detailed response to the Discussion Paper and is keen to be involved in the development of the proposed Action Plan.

Bridget believes that though language is not the only factor which effects our students participation in school but it is a key tool which should be used in any effort to ‘close the gap’.

“QILAC will work hard to ensure that our languages are not overlooked once again in planning for greatly improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.” She says.

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New Year and New Logo

A new year and a new logo for QILAC members, who met in Brisbane recently to work on the development of Language Induction Programs. The set of workshop guidelines will be used to help organisations and businesses identify any ways that language diversity could impact on the services they provide. The workshops will also help organisations create a tailored policy statement around recognition of traditional languages within their unique business environment.

Pictured with the new logo on display are QILAC members Leonora Adidi, Bridget Priman, Faith Baisden, Joy Bonner and Melinda Holden.

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Central Queensland Language Centre, Gidarjil

Phillip Brown
Language Coordinator
M: 0428 882 039
PH: 41307700
Fax: 41307777
Gidarjil Development Corporation.
PO Box 2773
BUNDABERG  QLD  4670

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Boost to indigenous language intrepreting

Indigenous language interpreting services will be boosted with the extension of a national accreditation system.

The federal government has announced it will allocate $286,000 to National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). (more…)

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Urgent funding needed to save our languages, warns Wyles-Whelan

The Chair of an Aboriginal language group in north Queensland has warned urgent funding is needed before 80 per cent of Indigenous languages spoken in the far north Queensland region are lost. The North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Language Corporation (NQRALC) Chair, Troy Wyles-Whelan issued the warning to the standing committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs…

Read the full National Indigenous Times article.

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