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VOTL 11 | Language, Australia, Education, Indigenous, National, Nganuwe, Fatsil, Community | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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Voice of the Land - Volume 11

Our Languages Are the Voice of the Land


No change from N.T. Govt. on education issue

THE Northern Territory Government is standing by its decision to phase out the Bilingual Education Program.

RESPONDING to the article "N.T. schools fight to keep bilingual programs" in the April issue of the Voice of the Land, the reply from the Department of Education says the decision reflects the Government's commitment to enhancing literary skills for students in the Territory.

From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Faith Baisden
LOSS of culture is something we hear a lot about. In some areas there are people who believe they have nothing left.

But I've been hearing lately from people who take positive steps to prove that history and traditions live on even where they're not expected.

National Indigenous Languages Forum and EXPO PDF Print E-mail

NLLIAs 1996 Brisbane Language Expo
NLLIAs 1996 Brisbane Language Expo
Perth University of WA.

Representatives from Language bodies, community projects, education and government agencies and related indigenous organisations around Australia, are being invited to take part in the National Indigenous Language Forum and Expo to be held at the University of West Australia on October 1 and 2, 1999.

Photo: The FATSIL display at NLLIA's 1996 Brisbane Language Expo brought people from all over the country to speak to the public and to take part in the forum discussion.

ATSIC News PDF Print E-mail

Language Access Initiatives Program

THE last edition of the Voice of the Land included more detail on the process for considering Language Access Initiatives submissions. All submissions for funding were assessed by the Regional Office and considered by ATSIC Regional Councils. Submissions were then forwarded to Canberra. A National Advisory Committee was formed to make recommendations on funding priorities to ATSIC at the national level. The inaugural Language Access Initiatives Program National Advisory Committee meeting was held in Canberra on 3 and 4 June 1999.

Committees look at Strategic Plan PDF Print E-mail

Barbara McGillivray
Barbara McGillivray
MEMBERS of the FATSIL Governing Committee have formed two Strategic Planning sub-committees to address the constitutional objectives of the organisation. At the April meeting of the committee in Canberra the tasks set for the sub-committees were:

Right:Barbara McGillivray from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia is a member of the committee formed to promote national awareness of language maintenance activities.

Pundulmurra College PDF Print E-mail

Students at Pundulumurra College
Students at Pundulumurra College
Taking a flexible approach to community learning.

Pundulmurra College in South Hedland Western Australia is offering a pathway for community members to become formally involved in cultural education.

THE Indigenous Australian Language Workers Program has been developed to ensure that language and culture continue to be taught, and that threatened languages can be supported and strengthened.

Researching the Daungwurrung language PDF Print E-mail

My name is Bill Nicholson and I am a descendant of the Woiwurrung speaking people.

I have been working on the project for around 5 months now and have found it very interesting. I am researching the Daungwurrung language from central Victoria, around the Goulburn River catchment.

Language of the Month PDF Print E-mail

(L to R) Elva Lindsay, John Boxer, Rhonda Agius and Joshua Bryant at Mansfield Park Primary School.
(L to R) Elva Lindsay, John Boxer, Rhonda Agius and Joshua Bryant at Mansfield Park Primary School.
Ngarrindjeri [South Australia]
Ngarrindjeri is the indigenous language of a large part of the lower River Murray and Coorong region

Kaldowinyeri nganuwe Nankurewanar ngopanar ngrewar warar hikai Ruwe. Wandje lu:ku kringkari arndu milipulun. Nganuwe Ngarrindjerar yange rammin ili lu:ku kringkari ngamuwe our tarno meriwallin ringbalin ai ngaiyulun ngamuwe porlar ngamuwe tungarar. Lun newalengk ngrattin angk nammuldi tungarar inye nganuwe ngrampar mant lu:ku kringkari. lnye auw ngurn our ngrattin nganuwe tungarar inye ngooiyulun nganuwe Porlar. Kalyan elitj ap tumbelin ngurint plaityingin ungai nganuwe Ngarrindjera luk lu:ku kangulandai Ngarrindjera ngurint hikaiy ruwe. Lun hikkainungge ngunuwe tungarar our kangulandjai pultin kitji wal karanye lu:ku multiwallin tungarar ngurint hikaiy Ruwe.

Mona Tur Teaching from the heart PDF Print E-mail

Mona Tur - taking the best from life's experiences.
Mona Tur - taking the best from life's experiences.
MONA TUR is an Antikirinya woman, a storyteller, with a rich collection of stories from an often challenging past. As she talks to people now, the message Mona spreads isn't one of bitterness and anger, nor of limiting opportunities because she missed out somewhere along the track.

Mona Tur shares her own history and asks people, especially the young ones, to remember that with pride and a positive attitude, people can turn their own lives around. With love and determination she says, we can make things happen.

Government invites community input to Inquiries PDF Print E-mail

THERE are currently two Commonwealth Government Inquiries relating to indigenous education in Australia, the Senate Inquiry on Indigenous Education and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Rural and Remote Education Inquiry.

Loss of valued colleague PDF Print E-mail

PEOPLE from the language network around Australia were saddened by the death early this year of Mrs Kathy Trimmer from Kalgoorlie.

KATHY Trimmer was deeply committed to her work as an Aboriginal linguist at Wangkanyi Ngurra Tjurta Language Centre and also served as a FATSIL delegate for Western Australia.

Arenys de Mar PDF Print E-mail

I am writing to you from a little town near Barcelona in Catalunya (Spain). We've been working in a web- site for three years, creating a virtual community.

"La Web d'Arenys" also welcomes all the foreigners with a little home page, which has been translated by us in 23 languages around the world.

FATSIL role raised in Parliament PDF Print E-mail

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Dr John Herron.
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Dr John Herron.
The education of children H Aboriginal languages is one of the agenda items for the Ministerial Council...

IN Parliamentary sittings on June 2nd, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Dr John Herron responded to questions from Senator Margetts, Greens Senator for Western Australia, on the Government's reaction to the bilingual education issue in the Northern Territory.

Your FATSIL delegates PDF Print E-mail

Lester Coyne

Perth, Western Australia
Mobile 0412994624
PO Box 1249
Perth WA 6105