NAIDOC Week 2018

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support … Read more

Marrin Gamu 2018

In 2018, ABC is partnering again with First Languages Australia to host the Marrin Gamu Indigenous Language Song Competition. The rules are fairly straightforward: Sing a song in the traditional language of your area! ABC and First Languages Australia are inviting schools to work with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to translate the … Read more

National Reconciliation Week 2018

The week of 27 May to 3 June 2018 is National Reconciliation Week, an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and lifestyles. During the week, Reconciliation Australia invites all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. … Read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Residency (18-22 June 2018)

2017 Language Residents The State Library of Queensland will once again host their annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Residency at the State Library in Brisbane during June 2018. This will build upon the success of previous events where community members and language workers have explored hidden treasures within the State Library collections. The … Read more

International Mother Language Day: 21 February 2018

Wednesday 21 February marks International Mother Language Day – a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the loss of Indigenous languages across the world. The United Nations  website highlights some sobering statistics about the current state of traditional indigenous languages. More than 50 per cent of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken … Read more


Local Brisbane historian Dr Ray Kerkhove has brought to my attention the uncertainty around the meaning of the word ‘kuril’. The popular or commonly accepted meaning is that of the white-tailed water rat; hence Kurilpa = place of the white-tailed water rat. Kurilpa Point and the Kurilpa bridge also bears the name as well as … Read more