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Faith Baisden
Faith Baisden
MUSIC to everyone's ears for the end of 2003 was the news that an extra $9 million has been put towards language programs for the next 3 years.This will be similar to the short term funding that was made available after the Bringing them Home report in 1999, and though the grants aren't available for ongoing projects, the funding can be well directed to support project teams used to struggling to survive with very limited money.

 

In fact it's been a pleasure putting the whole edition together, with all the good news inside.The different articles show that FATSIL has finished the year on a high after putting in a strong year's work, and can also look forward to plenty of new challenges coming up in 2004.

It's a huge achievement to have Indigenous languages on the national education agenda, with the flow-on effects that will then carry through to the states and territory.

Planning for the Melbourne conference is well under way and looks like being the perfect venue to encourage our young community members to continue the work of the elders.Thankfully there are plenty of our young people who don't need any encouragement and will be coming to Melbourne to let others know of their achievements back home. Hope a lot of our readers are able to come along. It will be a great way to kick off 2004.

Faith Baisden