Minya Birran: what now for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages?

Minya Birran

State Library is hosting a day for all creatives, educators, community workers and those who work in the GLAM sector to be part of the important conversation about the future of Indigenous language and its place as a human right, while gaining skills and tools to incorporate Indigenous language into your craft.

Nathan Williams, Lauren Ericksen & Harold Ludwick.

Coinciding with International Mother Language Day (21 February 2020), the Minya Birran forum will explore ways to harness the goodwill and energy of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and pose the question of what now?

The day’s program is a blend of keynotes with breakout sessions to explore connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in 2020 and beyond.

Emily Wurramura.

Highlights

Hosted by Daniel Browning, journalist, radio broadcaster and descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli people. Daniel produces and presents Awaye! on ABC RN.

Keynote by Henrietta Marrie AM, Elder of the Gimuy Walubara clan of the Yidinji people and an advocate for the cultural rights of Indigenous peoples nationally and internationally.

In conversation with Emily Wurramara – ARIA nominated and three-times Queensland Music Award winner. Emily is a singer songwriter in both English and her traditional language Anindilyakwa, from Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory.


Minya Birran Celebration – join us for a free celebration that will feature stories and sounds of Australia’s first languages through song and poetry.

Further details, including the day’s program can be found at the State Library’s Minya Birran webpage.

Contact details for the Minya Birran event:

To register your interest in attending Minya Birran or the Celebration event, please contact the State Library:

Contact Phone: (07) 3842 9672
Contact Email: slqevents@slq.qld.gov.au

The day should be a great day of conversation, interaction and activation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Desmond Crump

Indigenous Languages Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Webpages

State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Map

Jarjum stories: A kuril dhagun showcase focusing on children’s books and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. 19 October 2019-10 May 2020.

Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages: A major exhibition exploring the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages throughout Queensland. Join in the many talks and events to celebrate the rich and diverse languages spoken today. 21 November 2019 -19 April 2020.

UN IY2019 Links

UN International Year of Indigenous Languages webpages

UN International Year of Indigenous Languages Resources

Weblinks
State Library of Queensland Minya Birran webpage

State Library of Queensland Minya Birran Celebration event webpage