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VOTL 5 | Language, Aboriginal, Education, Indigenous, Community, School, South, Centre | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
Voice of the Land - Volume 05 PDF Print E-mail
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From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Faith Baisden
Interest in the Voice of the Land continues to grow, with requests for inclusion on the mailing list coming this month from a number of schools and universities, community language groups as well as private individuals.

Also our Internet page Language of the Month caught its share of attention with over 500 calls to the site being registered since it was opened.

Needs Analysis reports come in PDF Print E-mail
Survey forms which were distributed last year by ATSIC for the Needs Survey of Community Languages have been returned from most centres, and a consultant has begun the process of collation.

Information for the survey has been gathered from language communities throughout Australia with the aim of providing information on the status of indigenous languages and maintenance activity - language centre and project work, recording, broadcasting, school and publication programs, translator and interpreter services.

FATSIL delegates in Canberra established a task force to consult with ATSIC in interpretation of the data and to ensure that the final report reflects the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.

The Sydney Language PDF Print E-mail

Dr. jakelin Troy

"The dialect spoken by the natives at Sydney not only differs entirely from that left us by Captain Cook of the people with whom he had intercourse to the northward but also from that spoken by those natives who lived at Port Stephens, and to the southward of Botany Bay as well as on the banks of the Hawkesbury. But this is not so wonderful as that people living at the distance of only fifty or sixty miles should call the sun and moon by different names; such however, was the fact. Collins vol. 1, 1975:506.


DEETYA Funding avenues for language projects PDF Print E-mail
DEETYA representatives Jim Castro and Bill Trewlynn
DEETYA representatives Jim Castro and Bill Trewlynn
Representatives from the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs attended the Governing Committee meeting in January, and provided delegates with information on alternative avenues for funding of language projects.

Jim Castro - Indigenous Education Branch, Mark Cleghorn - Director of Schools Division, Quality Schooling Branch, and Bill Trewlynn - Employment, outlined the assessment criteria for funding eligibility under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy (AEP) and the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Program (IESIP).
Language of the Month PDF Print E-mail
Keeping our language and culture alive in the Goldfields

Gabi Garlgurla - "The place of the silky wild pear" is the original name for the city of Kalgoorlie.

Over the 1000 kilometer stretch from Coolgardie to the Western Desert, there are nearly 800 Wangkatha people for whom English is the second language to their own. This is spoken in three dialects, Wangkatha, Ngaanyatjarra and Wangkatja.

Christian Aboriginal Parents School PDF Print E-mail
At the invitation of Mr Billy Vincent, the principal, we were able to conduct a one day workshop with the non Aboriginal staff.

They are experiencing some problems with their students who come from a community near the Northern Territory and the Queensland border. There was a language and cultural barrier in the school.

We believe we were able to give the teachers some valuable insight into the Aboriginal language and ways of our people.

We will be involved with the school again.

Reproduced from the Goldfield Language Centre Newsletter.

Lynnette Dent : Teacher Researcher Er Student PDF Print E-mail
Doris Paton, teacher in Ganai Language Community Program Bairnsdale, showing a griding groove
Doris Paton, teacher in Ganai Language Community Program Bairnsdale, showing a griding groove
"My Nana was an Irish woman married to an Aboriginal man. After grandfather died when my father was around eight years old, the welfare came snooping. So Nana packed up all their belongings and placed them in a covered wagon, and she and the seven children began a journey through winter from NSW. They travelled to the Five Mile at Orbost and lived there with Grandfather's family."

Koorie Open Door Education PDF Print E-mail

Woolum Bellum¬Koorie Open Door Education is a Prep to Year 12 Government school established in Morwell, Victoria in 1995, to cater specifically for Koorie students. Non-aboriginal pupils are also accepted.

The school is operating as a five year project initiated by the Victorian State Government and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated.

Mutju Community Education Centre PDF Print E-mail
"The teachers there didn't want us to speak our language....
but we didn't really lose it. I kept it inside of me."

Dinah Garadji - Yugul Mangi Tribe, North Eastern Arnhemlan

Noondha Ngurukel-Worin ngurnairee noonameena At last - our sleeping place PDF Print E-mail
Elder Margaret Iselin with the Reverend Eddie Law, (Uniting Church), Reverend Graham Paulsen, (Murri Baptist) and Father Gerry Hefferan, (Catholic Church) before the unveiling of the headstone.
Elder Margaret Iselin with the Reverend Eddie Law, (Uniting Church), Reverend Graham Paulsen, (Murri Baptist) and Father Gerry Hefferan, (Catholic Church) before the unveiling of the headstone.
These Aboriginal words were spoken by Elder Joan Moreton when Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council, North Stradbroke Island, were recently joined by over 250 community members, local dignitaries and Elders from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, at a ceremony to inter the skeletal remains of their ancestors.

South Australian programs expand PDF Print E-mail
Education programs in South Australia  continue to develop a range of studies related to indigenous languages.

There are now approximately 45 individual programs being offered in South Australian Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS) facilities.

Publications PDF Print E-mail
  • Six Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara syllabus texts are available for second language programs from Reception to Year 8.
  • An outline framework for Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara first language maintenance programs exists.
  • A video focusing on revival (renewal and reclamation) with a print text companion has been recently completed. The titles are (video) Pampi Tungarar and (text) Living Languages Warranna Purruna.
  • A text with the working title Indigenous Languages in DECS Preschools and schools is currently being edited.
  • The AILF project is now complete and three texts and a CD rom are available for purchase through the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia. Cost $25. One of these, Australia's Indigenous Languages was reviewed in the last issue of the Voice of the Land.

For information regarding any of these publications, contact Greg Wilson at the Newton Curriculum Centre on 08 3668548.

Denise takes on new role PDF Print E-mail
Denise Karpany
Denise Karpany
South Australian delegate Denise Karpany was elected to the position of Vice - Chairperson of FATSIL.

The position became vacant after the resignation of Elizabeth Smith.

Denise is Project Field Officer at Yaitya Warra Wodli, South Australian Aboriginal Language Centre in Port Adelaide.

Your FATSIL delegates PDF Print E-mail

FATSIL's Annual General Meeting will be held in Melbourne in September.
Date to be advised.

Lester Coyne

20 Bowman Street SOUTH PERTH WA 6151
093 679 304
093 367 9266 (Fax)