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

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

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. Captain Cook’s Journal Saturday 23 July, 1770 – One of the Men saw an Animal something … 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

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

Cape York – Indigenous Languages Workshops

State Library of Queensland partnered with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD), Pama Language Centre and North Qld. Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre to host Indigenous Languages Workshops at the Hope Vale IKC and Mossman State School. Workshops were tailored to meet the community needs and to help them reach their language goals through the DRIL Program. … Read more

More greetings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Following on from the original “Say G’day” initiative, State Library has compiled additional words for greetings, ‘good day’, etc. for use in local communities. The 2017 NAIDOC Theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’ created a lot of interest in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  From an initial list of 25, State Library has over … Read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Discovery Workshop [4-7 December 2017]

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) will be hosting an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Workshop at the State Library in Brisbane from 4-7 December 2017. This workshop aims to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers.  This event is aimed at language … Read more

Aurukun Workshop 21-23 March 2017

This community language workshop was held in partnership with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and the Pama Language Centre (PLC). Participants were taken through some of the modules available under the Documenting and Revitalizing Indigenous Languages (DRIL) program which aims to enhance community skills to revive traditional languages. On arriving in Aurukun we received … Read more

Indigenous Language Research and Training Opportunities 2017

State Library will once again offer a range of training and research opportunities for community language workers during the first half of 2017. These opportunities enable community members to access some of the language materials to be found in State Library collections. State Library/Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity Training Workshops (March-April 2017) Due to the … Read more