International Year of Indigenous Languages

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages logo

Webinar: Thursday, 28 February 2019 1-2pm

Languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory.

IYIL2019 aims to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote them at both national and international levels.” (UNESCO: 2018)  Retrieved 01/02/19  from:

Props and tools used to deliver early literacy programs

Register now for the initial First 5 Forever webinar for 2019 to hear colleagues from a variety of library services how they are acknowledging and exploring the International Year of Indigenous Languages within their early literacy programming for young children and families.

Topics include: 

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar translation into language project
  • Protocols and opportunities for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into early literacy programming
  • Examples of connecting with community and utilising local language to create deeply local literacy resources

The webinar will present practical ideas relevant to large and small library services.

When: Thursday February 28th, 2019
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Register now:

First 5 Forever one hour Webinars are designed specifically for library staff working directly with families and children under 5 years. State Library uses the GoToWebinar software.

More webinars will be released throughout the year with information and log in details uploaded to the PD calendar and sent via the First 5 Forever mailing list.

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