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Wiradjuri Elders prepare for second summit | Language, Summit, Conference, Elders, Atsi, Community, Funding, Indigenous | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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Charlie Wilson of Dubbo with Auntie Jesse Williams from Nambucca Heads
The NSW Aboriginal Elders Indigenous Language Summit was the scene of a number of lively sessions as representatives from all parts of the State met to air sometimes conflicting views on issues central to language revival and maintenance in NSW.

The three day conference in Dubbo, Central NSW, was coordinated by the NSW ATSI Corporation for Language & Culture. It's major focus was the promotion of the Elders as the most valued resource for a community in the preservation of language and culture.
Gary Lord (left) and Ivan Williams
Conference convenors William Smith, John Mumbulla and Ken Walker were pleased with the participation, reporting that over 140 people attended each day's meetings.

Wiradjuri Elders welcomed representatives from most language areas in the State, and assisted the NSW ATSI Office Bearers and Governing Committee in conducting the conference.

Frank Slabb from Bodalla
Government and community agencies were also well represented. Staff from a range of organisations presented information and addressed some of the more difficult issues causing confusion between community groups and funding or regulatory bodies. Among the resolutions carried at the conference was the endorsement of the NSW ATSI Corporation for Language & Culture as the peak body representing New South Wales Indigenous languages. It was also established that a further Indigenous Languages Summit should be held, with an assurance that delegates from every language group in the State attend.

Funding issues were given priority in conference discussions and in resolutions arising from the Summit. As a result, representations will be made to Government bodies in Canberra and Sydney, and the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, to increase funding for projects which support the maintenance and revival of language in NSW.