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"It was good because Aboriginal people get to speak.You hear people who are living it speaking here the people who are living it and maintaining the languages." Quote from the last National Indigenous Languages Forum - Melbourne.

Once again FATSIL is hosting a national languages conference to coincide with the running of the AGM.The location is Alice Springs and the dates for this year's forum are from the 17th to the 19th November.

With the title of this conference "A Celebration of our Languages", the organizing committee is encouraging people to consider joining in with a presentation from their own community or project. Songs, dance and stories would be welcomed as well as demonstrations of new technology and project displays.

Space will be made available at the venue for resources to be on show, and offered for sale if that is an option.

There will be outdoor areas suitable for dance or other performances, so please let the office know if you would be interested in time on the program for your own presentation.

Accommodation can be booked at a range of venues in Alice Springs.

The conference venue itself is:

Crown Plaza Hotel, 89 Barrett Drive.
Ph 08 89508000 Cost $105 per room.

OTHER OPTIONS ARE:

Desert Palms Resort, 74 Barrett Drive.
Ph 08 8952 5977 Cost $85 per room

Lassiter's Hotel Casino, Barrett Drive.
Ph 08 8950 7777 $110 per room.

There are a number of options for share rooms at each hotel. If you would like to contact one of the hotels to make a booking and discuss your payment options, please let them know you would be attending the FATSIL Celebration of our Languages Forum as they are holding rooms at these reduced rates.

To register to attend the National Indigenous Languages Forum, please copy the form from page I I and send to the FATSIL office at 295 King St Melbourne 3000 or fax to 03 9602 4770.

From page I

Launching the new Aboriginal Language Syllabus on the 30th July, the NSW Education Minister Andrew Refshauge cited it as the cornerstone of the State's groundbreaking Indigenous Languages Policy and praised the dedication and commitment of all who were involved in its development. From 2005, students in Government and independent schools will be able to study an Aboriginal language in primary years, for the School Certificate and for their HSC.

The development of the curriculum has been overseen within the Board of Studies by Kevin Lowe, Chief Education Officer with the Aboriginal Curriculum Unit.