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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

Indigenous Languages Forum – Rockhampton

Three kuril dhagun staff headed to Rockhampton last month for the Binbi Wadyabay: Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Forum to present and attend as delegates. Under the theme of binbi wadyabay (good talking), attendees from across Queensland discussed the formation of a Queensland Government languages policy. The two-day program included a Kalaw Kawaw … 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

Kuril

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

Language Research Discovery Workshop 2017

Language Research Discovery Workshop 2017 The week started with participants from all around Queensland gathering at South Bank for the annual Language Research Discovery workshop. We welcomed people from Cairns, Yarrabah, Mackay, Woorabinda, Gayndah, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The aim of the workshop is to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the … Read more