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VOTL 18 | Language, Indigenous, Conference, Program, Country, North, Torres, Fatsil | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
Voice of the Land - Volume 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Voice of the Land - Volume 18

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Yaamagara nginda from the Boggabilla and Toomelah language program.

From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Faith Baisden
It's great to have the Gamilaraay language students as special stars on the front page of the newsletter this month.The students from the Boggabilla /Toomelah language program have been in touch with the newsletter almost since it started, and a group of their older brothers and sisters featured in one of the early editions.


Interview with Senator Aden Ridgeway PDF Print E-mail

Senator Aden Ridgeway
Senator Aden Ridgeway
Senator Aden Ridgeway is a Gumbaynggir man from Northern New South Wales. He has recently been elected to the position of deputy leader of the Australian Democrats, and as such is the first Indigenous person to occupy a senior leadership role in a political party in this country. In a recent interview with the Voice of the Land, Senator Ridgeway revealed his ambition to see the profile of Indigenous languages raised at a national and community level.


Language of the Month PDF Print E-mail

Wardaman [Northern Territory]

Jessie Pulgnupiri digging a jerrin - ground oven
Wardaman country lies to the south-west of Katherine in the NT, covering the area from Scott. Creek and Flora River in the north to the Victoria River in the south-west. Nowadays, most Wardaman people live in and around Katherine, though a few have recently moved back to their traditional country.

TAFE course to provide more teachers for NSW PDF Print E-mail

ACCORDING to a recent report by Dr Jaky Troy and Dr Michael Walsh, from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) NSW Strategic Language Study, `Strong Language Strong Culture', there are "no dead languages in NSW. In many communities there are elders who speak their language and in all communities people have some knowledge of their language/s and use some vocabulary on a daily basis." This report was based on discussions with community members around NSW.


Gamilaraay students growing with the program PDF Print E-mail

They put their "mara" in
The Toomelah/Boggabilla Gamilaraay Language Program began in 1996 when a position was made available for a language teacher, to provide a program for both of the schools. The township of Toomelah lies only a stone's throw from Boggabilla on the central Queensland - New South Wales border.


Lessons to be learned from Canadian models PDF Print E-mail

Louise Mandell from Vancouver, Canada sees parallels in the reinstatement of cultural practices between North America and Australia.
Louise Mandell from Vancouver, Canada sees parallels in the reinstatement of cultural practices between North America and Australia.

'It's hard to imagine Lhe pain of an oral society losing their language. I don't know how they'd get over it.' 

CANADIAN QC, Louise Mandell has worked for 25 years with the indigenous peoples of North America , in the area of litigation for settlement of Indigenous and Crown title disputes.

Acknowledging the power that extinguishment of language gives to the invading nation has figured largely in the legal arguments in North America.


Racism Conference PDF Print E-mail

Anne Martin, ATSIC Melbourne, with Commissioner Eric Wynne from Western Australia and Jackie Oakley from ATSIC Canberra
OVER 500 representatives from countries including Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Australia attended the recent United Nations Indigenous Peoples and Racism Conference in Sydney.


Apache struggle gains results PDF Print E-mail

Robby Romero from the Apache nation with Hadassah Schembri from Gallang Place, Brisbane.
Robby Romero from the Apache nation with Hadassah Schembri from Gallang Place, Brisbane.
ROBBY Romero from Thos, New Mexico is a member of the Apache nation and representative for the Native Children's Survival Committee. He spoke in Sydney of the uphill battle being faced by his people to convince Government of the basic rights of indigenous people in their own lands.

Community Languages returned - AIATSIS update PDF Print E-mail

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) have received several requests for recorded language material as a result of their article placed in the last edition of The Voice of the Land. AIATSIS would like to thank those people who have already responded. They are currently preparing tapes of Mirning, Muruwari,Yidinydji, Kungganji, Dharug, Dharawal, Yugambeh (Bundjalung), Maung and Wargamay material, which they hope to release soon after their official reopening at Acton Peninsula on March 12.


FATSIL Indigenous Languages Forum Cairns - October 2001 PDF Print E-mail

The theme of the FATSIL Language Forum and AGM for 2001 is to assist 'Stolen Generations' persons access the language of their country. This theme will be developed through a number of panel discussions and workshops dealing with issues vital to the development and expansion of the National Indigenous Language Programs.


Proposals drafted for UN World Conference PDF Print E-mail

Australians mixed with international delegates at the Indigenous Peoples and Racism Conference in Sydney in February.The central topic was examined through five major themes; Causes,Victims, Prevention, Remedies and Strategies, with the report from the conference to be presented to the Preparatory Committee for the World Conference in May 2001.

Among more than 500 delegates at the conference were;