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

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 Two is warup which is from the Torres Strait … 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, … 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

NPA Indigenous Languages Workshops

State Library partnered with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD), to host Indigenous Language Workshops in the Northern Peninsula Area communities of New Mapoon and Umagico. The languages in the communities include languages from the Torres Strait Islands, Cape York and various Creoles and Aboriginal Englishes reflecting the original communities from which people were moved … 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 Residency – 2018

This is the sixth year [2018] that State Library of Queensland has hosted a Language Residency with 18 past participants researching 20+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Outcomes from recent residencies have been documented and shared on their return to community. Residents undertake research into their nominated language(s) using materials in State Library’s collections. … 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

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