2019 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES ‘WORD OF THE WEEK’: WEEK SIX.

As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland. State Library’s word of the week for Week Six is yawara which is from the Wangkumara language … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages ‘Word of the Week’: Week Four.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following post contains images and reference to a deceased person. As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from … Read more

Happy 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages!

Happy New Year! 2019 will be an exciting year that celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages. As announced by the United Nations, the overarching theme is Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation. UNESCO emphasises that “languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only in education, communication, social … Read more

Language Research Workshop 2018

The languages research workshop was a great way to end the year. We had participants from all around Queensland including a linguistic student from Griffith University. Some of the communities represented were Gayndah; Eidsvold; Cairns; Cherbourg; Hope Vale; Mackay; Aurukun; Barcaldine; Tambo; Winton[Diamantina]; Mt Isa and Brisbane. A quick look at the week: Day one … Read more

Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop: 3-7 December 2018

The State Library of Queensland will be hosting its annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Workshop at the State Library in Brisbane during December 2018. This workshop aims to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers. Participants in the workshop will undertake … Read more

International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019

On 21 October 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution A/RES/71/178 on “Rights of Indigenous peoples” proclaiming 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. UNESCO will serve as the lead organization for the International Year of Indigenous Languages beginning on 1st January 2019. Within Australia the Australian Government Department of Communication and the … Read more

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