Guide to Community Protocols for Indigenous Language Projects published PDF Print E-mail
The FATSIL Guide to Community Protocols for Indigenous Language Projects is based on a survey completed by language centres and programs listed in (or suggested by others in) the FATSIL contacts directory. Some completed the survey and others commented on various drafts of the guide. In all cases it was a positive opportunity for people to talk or write about how they do things in their local area.

They described the realities of the ups and downs of language revitalisation.They outlined their current projects, as well as past projects which had been particularly successful.

What came through strongly is that successful projects are based on genuine consultation and high levels of active community involvement, with respect for and recognition of the experience, knowledge and aspirations communities have for their languages. Many projects are successful because they involve people working together to strengthen both the understanding and use of languages. Various Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and organisations (including elders, language workers, linguists,

schools, IT specialists, universities, funding bodies and publishers) contribute to this process. Each has different strengths and roles and collaborates to support communities to record and document their languages, increase their knowledge of the structure of their languages and increase daily use of their languages.

The FATSIL Guide to Community Protocols for Indigenous Language Projects will be available from November 2004. It will be accompanied by a model agreement, prepared by the Arts Law Centre of Australia, which communities and their consultants may want to consider using when working together on a particular publication. Both documents will be available free from the FATSIL office and on the FATSIL website. FATSIL would like to thank Susan Poetsch for her work in preparing the Guide to Community Protocols over many months.