International Mother Language Day 21 February

International Mother Language Day.

This Sunday 21 February marks the seventeenth International Mother Language Day! The day was established in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and aims to promote multiculturalism and linguistic diversity. Each year there is a theme to highlight multilingualism – for 2016, the theme ‘Quality education, languages of instruction and learning … Read more

New Media Toolkit – online and live!

SLQ New Media Toolkit webpage.

The State Library of Queensland’s Indigenous Languages Project received funding support during 2014-2015 from the Attorney-General’s Department Ministry for the Arts for Languages and New Media.  The project entailed technology workshops in communities as well as the development of an online toolkit to support communities and language workers. The website is now live and features ‘how to … Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day Wednesday 2 September 2015

Indigenous Literacy Day, ILF Website.

Indigenous Literacy Day aims to raise awareness of the need to improve literacy levels among Indigenous children. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) coordinates a range of fundraising events across Australia to raise urgently needed funds to put books into the hands of families in remote communities, run story writing workshops and publish the stories of young … Read more

Aboriginal names mostly of marine animals from North Queensland.

Aboriginal names ... G P Whitley (1936)

This innocuous title refers to an article written in 1936 by Gilbert Percy Whitley, Ichthyologist and Curator of Fishes at the Australian Museum. Whitley published this article in Mankind, the Journal of the Anthropological Society of NSW. The State Library collections hold several titles by Whitley, including Fishes of Australia, Marine Fishes of Australia and Freshwater Fishes … Read more

State Library at Yugambeh Mobo Festival

Yugambeh Mobo.

Yugambeh Mobo Festival is an annual event hosted by Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre designed to connect non-Indigenous Australians with bush food, stories, music, language, art and culture of South-East Queensland. State Library of Queensland staff travelled to the Gold Coast to share and promote Indigenous language resources, digital art workshops, Indigenous books, information … Read more

Cairns Language Workshop [22-23 April]

Words of our country, Dixon (1991).

As part of its’ Indigenous Languages Strategy, the State Library will be co-hosting an Indigenous Languages Workshop in Cairns from 22-23 April.  This workshop will be a great opportunity to explore the languages and dialects of the region, including Yidinj, Djirbal, Djabugay, Yalanji and related dialects. Within the Cairns Region, there were four main language groups with … Read more

Researching Indigenous Languages

Recently, the State Library held an Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop allowing community language workers from across Queensland to access the State Library collections. This is an annual event which supports the ongoing documentation and preservation of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. We hosted 22 language workers from the NPA to South-East Queensland. … Read more