ALL CENTRES HAVE A SAY IN NORTHERN TERRITORY PDF Print E-mail

Attending the Northern Territory Language Committee Meeting in Darwin last month
Attending the Northern Territory Language Committee Meeting in Darwin last month
The second Northern Territory Aboriginal Languages Committee meeting was held at the Aboriginal Development Unit, Darwin, on the 12-14 March 1996. Representatives of all the Language Centres in the N.T. were there to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the maintenance and survival of Australia's unique Aboriginal Language Heritage. The main issues discussed were:

Photo: Attending the Northern Territory Language Committee Meeting in Darwin last month were Ian Alexander, Karen Clark, Tilly Raymond, Lindsay Raymond and Keith Pearson.

1.    Language loss is still occurring.
2.    Urgent need for adequate Interpreter services as a Social Justice and Equity issue.
3.    Raising public awareness about Aboriginal Language Issues.
4.    Accredited training, and award payments for Aboriginal Language Workers and interpreters.
5.    State of, and strategies for endangered languages; Preservation of Australia's unique Linguistic re¬source.
6.    Linguistic rights of communities; Copyright, Control and Ownership.
7.    Lack of adequate funding for grassroots programmes.
8.    Language and Cultural maintenance as an integral factor in the Reconciliation process.

The conference was deemed by all participants to be a success with the hope of forming a strong and united lobby for addressing needs arising out of the above is¬sues. The meeting was funded through ATSIC. The next meeting will be in early June.

LANGUAGE CENTRES REPRESENTED.

East Arnhem
Institute of Aboriginal Development Alice Springs.
Katherine Regional Naiuyu Nambiyu Tennant Creek Regional
Wadeye Regional

FATSIL DELEGATES

Sharon Larkins (Absent with notice), Yipirinya School.
Ross Williams, Papulu ApparrKari Language Centre, Tennant Creek.