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VOTL 21 | Indigenous, Language, Development, Fatsl, Wadeye, Committee, Aboriginal, Office | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
Voice of the Land - Volume 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Voice of the Land - Volume 21
Voice of the Land - Volume 21

Our Languages Are the Voice of the Land


Telling Their Stories - Port Keats

Karramanhi Lawrence Kolumboort from Wadeye in the Northern Territory, singing Tharnpa.The story of Lawrence's father's part in the establishment of the Port Keats mission is among the histories being recorded at the Wadeye Language Centre.

Photo Mark Crocombe

From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Faith Baisden
Faith Baisden
Well it's the twenty first edition of the Voice of the Land and what better present could we have than to be able to announce the development of the NSW 'whole of Government' Aboriginal Languages policy.

FATSIL members, especially those who've attended any of the National Indigenous Language Forums, will know that this outcome is one of the key targets of the national body, because it shows, effectively that the Government is listening and prepared to make changes.


South Australians have a chance to meet PDF Print E-mail
The FATSIL Committee would like to extend an invitation to South Australian members (or anyone down that way visiting) to come along to the next Governing Committee Meeting to be held in Adelaide in June. The tentative date has been set for the 7th, but please check before confirming any arrangements. If you think you'd like to attend and perhaps have the chance to discuss some of your pet subjects, then contact the office on 08 82693601, fax 08 82696307 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Come to Sydney! PDF Print E-mail

Now's the time to see that you have funds set aside to bring you to Sydney in October for the FATS1L AGM and Indigenous Languages Forum.These always prove a terrific opportunity for networking with other people, who are passionate about their languages and looking to share and take home new ideas.While the days are full on, the evenings are a rare opportunity to catch up with people you only get to speak with over the phone or email for the rest of the year.

So start planning now to ensure a place for yourself at the Sydney conference. There will be plenty to take back and share with your team, as well as the chance to make your own valued contribution. More details in the next newsletter or contact the office for updates.


On the move PDF Print E-mail

FATS1L is going through changes with its office in the process of relocating from the premises at Beenleigh in Queensland, to Adelaide.The office will now operate from 301 Churchill Rd. Prospect, South Australia.The full contact details are on page 10. Also changing is the administration, with Ysola Best, FATS1L's office Secretary for the past 7 years leaving the organisation. The FATS1L committee would like to thank Ysola for her work with the organisation and wish her well in her new endeavours.


Committee tackles recommendations PDF Print E-mail

The FATS1L Governing Committee is continuing to work through the recommendations from last October's National Indigenous Languages Forum held in Cairns.A number of the proposals have been incorporated into FATS1L's Operational Plan for 2002/2003. If you would like a copy of the recommendations please use the contact numbers from page 10.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Dr Andrew addressing State Parliament PDF Print E-mail

Today I am pleased to announce, we are coordinating the development of a 'whole of Government' NSW Aboriginal Languages Policy. This is an  Australian first.

Across the world, nations are passing legislation and drawing up policies and programs to preserve the languages of their Indigenous peoples.

Wadeye Language Centre on show PDF Print E-mail

EACH edition of the Voice of the Land sees a bundle of our newsletters making its way to the remote Northern Territory community at Wadeye, on the coast south west of Darwin.At the Wadeye Aboriginal Languages Centre, the community members, with coordinator Mark Crocombe, have worked consistently to record and promote their languages, which in some cases are threatened with the loss of their last fluent speakers.The languages are Marri Ammu, Marri Tjevin, Marri Ngarr, Magati Ke and Murrinh-Patha.


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Mission, Port Keats PDF Print E-mail
In 1934 the government approached Bishop Gsell about the possibility of establishing a Mission in the Port Keats area. Bishop Gsell turned to Fr. Richard Docherty to lead a survey of the area to find the most suitable site.
Language of the Month PDF Print E-mail

Pictured L-R: Maryanne Gale, Rob Amery, Lester Irabinna Rigney, Christina Eira, Lesley Wanganeen, Michael Wanganeen. Front row:Alice Wallara Rigney, Kevin O'Loughlin, Phoebe Wanganeen, Chester Schultz.
Pictured L-R: Maryanne Gale, Rob Amery, Lester Irabinna Rigney, Christina Eira, Lesley Wanganeen, Michael Wanganeen. Front row:Alice Wallara Rigney, Kevin O'Loughlin, Phoebe Wanganeen, Chester Schultz.
`Ngadlu wanggadja Narungga wara" (We are speaking Narungga Language)

A comprehensive search incorporating the knowledge of Narungga elders with over 200 sources enshrined in museums and libraries across Australia has yielded around 1000 words and phrases


Building Stronger PDF Print E-mail
Lester Irabinna Rigney (Narungga Nation) Lecturer in Indigenous Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, Director of Studies - Indigenous Studies
Lester Irabinna Rigney (Narungga Nation) Lecturer in Indigenous Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, Director of Studies - Indigenous Studies
The inherent rights of Indigenous peoples form the basis of any development strategy or definition. Development means improving the quality of our lives. However, the concept of development in relation to colonised peoples cannot be meaningfully discussed outside the context of Education and Language. In other words, the ideals of Indigenous rights to development cannot be realised if the house of education that trains the future architects of Indigenous culture is in decay. Let us not be misled by the mischievous assumption that the right to development can occur in absence of quality Indigenous education. Therefore, to complement the discussion on Indigenous rights to development, I wish to speak on education and language rights.
International Program on Indigenous language and Culture Maintenance PDF Print E-mail

How can you teach Indigenous languages in your school or community? Want to know more?

The program on Indigenous Language and Culture Maintenance will be run during the Australian Linguistics Institute at Macquarie Uni in Sydney, July 8th - 19th 2002.


"Best School's" project PDF Print E-mail
LEFT: TI High School student, Donald Banu with teacher Larry James. Donald is from Boigu Island and speaks Kola Kowa Ya, from the upper western Torres Strait Islands.
A program which incorporates traditional songs and languages in achieving improved literacy outcomes for students, has been recognized by the Australian newspaper through its nationwide "Best School's" project.
FATSIL Merchandise PDF Print E-mail
The FATS1L T-Shirts were a great hit at the Cairns Indigenous Languages forum last year. Karen Eggmolesse (at right) from the Yugambeh Museum in Queensland wears the shirt, with embroidered logo, which comes in a range of colours and all sizes.The t-shirts can be ordered from FATS1L for $25 plus postage and handling. Also available are caps and beanies from $15.
Apologies to Noel McGrath PDF Print E-mail
Noel McGrath from the Goori Broadcasters Radio Nambucca
Apologies to Noel McGrath from the Goori Broadcasters Radio Nambucca NSW, and Reg Little from Bidjara Media who were the subjects of a mixup in our last edition. In that issue, Noel's photo appeared with Reg's name underneath!! Here are the real Noel and the real Reg. They were both photographed at the National Indigenous Communications Summit in Rockhampton last year.

FATSILReg confided that I'm not the first person to mistake him for Noel.Thanks Reg.
Reg Little, from the Bidjara Media and Broadcasting service 4RRFM