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Our Marrin Gamu Competition with ABC Splash is on again

In 2016, twenty-seven schools and community groups contributed Marrin Gamu entries with over 600 students participating. The quality of submissions was well above expected, with everyone putting in a tremendous effort.

As last year's winners, Yipirinya school received a visit from their local ABC Open producer to make a professional filming of their song ‘Alknge Irlpe’. The film will screen on ABC Me in the coming months.

Follow this link to view the entries

Read more: Our Marrin Gamu Competition with ABC Splash is on again

Moving forward with dual naming in Tasmania

Tasmania Place Names

Community visit to pilri (Cape Grim), March 2017. Photo Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
 

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation continues work reinstating original place names, with the next group of names to be submitted to the Nomenclature Board in July 2017.

 

Click this link for all the information.

 

 

 

National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Forum

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In November last year, First Languages Australia hosted a gathering of 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language educators in Adelaide.This historic event brought together state and territory education authorities, teaching institutions, language centres and community language teachers, to work toward a coordinated approach to the training and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teachers.

Read more: National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Forum

Yamani - Voices of an Ancient Land

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Congratulations also to the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee for the success of the Yamani – Voices of an Ancient Land video.

The beautiful twelve-minute film played for six months as in-flight entertainment on QANTAS flights and on Queensland Rail's long-distance trains, it has been profiled in the magazines Terralingua and Embark (page 25), included in the Nandeebie Screen Festival and is soon to screen on ABC Education TV.

Click these links for your free ATOM teacher's notes and to get a copy of the CD.

 

 

 

First Languages Australia consults on New South Wales draft languages legislation

Draft Legislation

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.

Read more: First Languages Australia consults on New South Wales draft languages legislation

First Languages Australia and ABC National Media Project

Federal Minister launches First Languages Australia – ABC Media Project.

 November 2016
 Federal Minister launches First Languages Australia ABC Media Project
 Caption: Lionel Lovett from Parkes, Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield, Geoff Anderson from First Languages Australia, and Nick Lowther Chief of Staff ABC Western Plains, at the launch of ABC- First Languages Australia Regional radio call-sign IDs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Project.

The ABC Regional – First Languages Australia, Radio Call-sign IDs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Project was launched by the Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts Mitch Fifield, at the Artlands Regional Arts Conference in Dubbo in October.

Read more: First Languages Australia and ABC National Media Project

Puliima call for presentations and workshops

Puliima 2017

Yamani song sharing at Puliima 2015. Photo: Katherine Soutar
 

The planning and preparations for Puliima 2017 have begun, and the deadline for presentation and workshop submissions is Monday 27th February 2017.
Find all the details here

 

 

Make a #MemeML for International Mother Language Day

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ANGKENTYE AHELHE UTNENGE-NTYELE ANWERNE AKALTYELE ANTHETYENHENGE. "Language is the spirit from the land. That's the way we teach it." Felicity Hayes, Leonie Palmer, Veronica Turner, MK Turner, Lorrayne Gorey were working with Margaret Carew on messages in #Arrernte, from central Australia.

Once again First Languages Australia is working with our international partners to encourage the use of our languages on social media to celebrate International Mother Language Day.

Read more: Make a #MemeML for International Mother Language Day

DRAFT National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Strategy

On 3 and 4 November 2016, 100 language educators from around the country came together in Adelaide for the National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Forum. In February a DRAFT Summary of issues and recommendations distributed to forum participants, for review and comment.

The Summary of issues and recommendations has been developed into a draft strategy which gives context detail around each of the points raised.

The Draft Indigenous Language Teaching and Employment Strategy can be downloaded here: Draft-Indigenous-Languages-Teaching-and-Employment-Strategy-3-October.pdf

First Languages Australia very much appreciates educators time in reviewing the document and providing comments with consideration of teachers in their regions.

Read more: DRAFT National Indigenous Languages Teaching and Employment Strategy

Festival of Pacific Arts, 2016

GUAM FESTIVAL

 Report by Annalee Pope

The Festival of the Pacific Arts is held every four years and brings together artists and cultural practitioners from the 27 Pacific Islands nations and territories. This year the 12th Pacific Arts Festival took place in Guam, USA. The theme for this year's Festival is;

"Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, Håfa Ta Påtte, Dinanña' Sunidu Siha Giya Pasifiku"
"What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific"

During the festival, an Indigenous Languages Conference was held at the University of Guam on the 27th and 28th of May. This inaugural conference provided an opportunity for all indigenous people to discuss the preservation, revival and maintenance of their indigenous languages.

Read more: Festival of Pacific Arts, 2016

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