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Voice of the Land - Volume 29
Voice of the Land - Volume 29

Our Languages Are the Voice of the Land

The FATSIL NEWSLETTER APRIL, 2005
THE FEDERATION OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER LANGUAGES CORPORATION
VOLUME 29

"Apurte irretye-ke" a celebration of our languages.
Students from the Yipirinya Community School were proud to sing for the ausience gathered at the National Indigenous Languages Forum in Alice Springs. With a two way education program at Yipirinya, students are being taught Central Arrernte Western Arrernte, Luritja and Warlpiri.

 
From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Faith Baisden
Faith Baisden
It seems that computer programs can be quite a bit like mobile phones or digital cameras.They come with lots of fantastic features, but they don't do much good unless you take the time to understand all the tricky instructions.And if in the end there's too much to read, or too many buttons to push, then the really clever functions sit unused until the time comes to replace it with a newer, even cleverer model. From what I hear, there are plenty of you who share this outlook on technology with me. So it was really refreshing to see a demonstration of the very user friendly language teaching program devised by Daryn McKenny of the Awarbukarl Cultural Resource Association, at our Alice Springs Conference.The article on page six describes the program. Hopefully it might encourage people to get in touch with the staff at ACRA, and share your ideas about this and other programs out there, or simply to find out more about this great resource.

 

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FATSIL's on-line Forum PDF Print E-mail

FATSIL's on-line Forum
FATSIL's on-line Forum
Have a word to the whole world.

FATSIL has recently launched a new feature on its website in the form of an on-line discussion forum, open to all who would like to use it. Here is a great opportunity for you to FATSIL share ideas on any issue related to languages, the programs, concerns and new initiatives.You can launch new topics, post interesting international updates, give feedback on conferences or let others know of new ones coming up — this is your chance to hear from people around Australia, and in fact the world, about the subjects that interest you.

 

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Second Queensland meeting to firm up policy planning PDF Print E-mail
FOLLOWING on from the 2004 Queensland State Indigenous Languages Forum, which was held in Townsville last June, state representatives are planning a further meeting for Brisbane in June. This meeting will be attended by a smaller representative group of delegates, as decided in Townsville with FATSIL, DCITA, and key Queensland Government agencies and community organisations.
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A first for FATSIL as Minister Kemp meets with Governing Committee PDF Print E-mail

The Federal Minister for Arts and Sport, the Hon Rod Kemp is presented with a photo of the Yipirinya School language students by FATSIL Northern Territory delegate Sahardi Garling.
The Federal Minister for Arts and Sport, the Hon Rod Kemp is presented with a photo of the Yipirinya School language students by FATSIL Northern Territory delegate Sahardi Garling.
IN an historic occasion for FATSIL, the Federal Minister for Arts and Sport, the Hon. Rod Kemp attended the February meeting of the FATSIL Governing Committee in Melbourne and held discussions with the Governing Committee members and staff. The Minister is responsible for Arts and Sport within the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio. The Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) administers the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records program which provides funding to FATSIL, along with a national network of Indigenous language centres and activities.

The Minister was briefed on a range of issues reflecting the concerns of FATSIL members and language communities, and expressed his and the Government's ongoing commitment to protecting and supporting language programs throughout Australia.

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Yipirinya school, a model for two-way learning PDF Print E-mail
Students make the most of a visit to Yaperlpe (Glen Helen Gorge) during their Country Visit.
Students make the most of a visit to Yaperlpe (Glen Helen Gorge) during their Country Visit.
PRINCIPAL of the Yipirinya School in Alice Springs, Ken Langford-Smith is adamant that students need to be literate in their own language before they can truly master a second one. With that conviction and support from teaching staff and parents, Mr Langford-Smith has overseen the revitalization of the Language/ Culture Centre at Yipirinya and ensured that languages education is a priority for all members of the school community.
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Apurte Irretye-ke Celebration of Languages PDF Print E-mail

2004 National Indigenous Languages Forum in Alice Springs

THERE were songs, dance, tears and laughter as the FATSIL National Indigenous Languages Forum,Apurte Irretye- ke "A Celebration of Languages" brought new FATSIL members and old a richly rewarding experience over three days at Alice Springs.

From the official launch of FATSIL's major projects for 2004, to the emotional sharing of songs and language that were at one time thought to be lost, the diverse audience who attended found plenty to stimulate their interest.

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Language of the Month PDF Print E-mail

Awabakal language program

"I was bottom of the class in English at school. I sat in the back row and stared out the window because I just couldn't keep up with it all."

This was the surprising introduction to a talk from Daryn McKenny, who many people have come to rely on for his expertise in all areas related to information technology. Daryn was in fact reflecting the dilemma faced by so many Indigenous students who are forced to learn in a language that isn't that of their own people, and therefore does little to engage them in the learning process.

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Torres Strait lslander Languages PDF Print E-mail

Magani Malu Kes alternative education program supporting students language needs.

A community initiative through Magani Malu Kes Resource and Information Centre in Townsville, has identified a group of children who are falling through the net of Education Queensland and effectively dropping out of mainstream education.

 

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Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages PDF Print E-mail
Judy Monk takes children through language activities. Photo Jeanie Bell VACL.
Judy Monk takes children through language activities. Photo Jeanie Bell VACL.
THE Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages is continuing to produce good results for the community language programs throughout the state.The website receives many language enquiries and is an excellent entry point for people wishing to make contact with their relevant communities through the Community language programs.
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Booklets available and now accessible online PDF Print E-mail

The FATSILC Guide to Community Protocols for Indigenous Language Projects and FATSILC National Indigenous Languages Contacts Directory 2004 are both now available by contacting the Melbourne office on 03 9602 4700 or email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Alternatively both can be viewed online by going to the FATSILC website, www.fatsilc.org.au

 
Ngukurr community fight for languages to be taught in school PDF Print E-mail
MEMBERS of Ngukurr community in Southern Arnhem Land are working towards having six of the community's traditional Aboriginal languages taught in the local school. However, even with strong community support, finding funding to have their languages taught in their own school is proving difficult.
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Language Centre and FATSIL push policy in South Australia PDF Print E-mail
YAITYA VVarra Wodli Language Centre is following a plan of Government and community consultations in support of the development of a South Australian Indigenous Languages Policy.
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Celebrating at Alice Springs PDF Print E-mail

Celebrating at Alice Springs
Celebrating at Alice Springs
FATSIL National Indigenous Languages Forum - Apurte-irretye-ke

Children from Drum Atweme —"Hit" in Arrernte, joined in the entertainment at the National Indigenous Languages Forum in Alice Springs. Creating works of art from donated and hard earned instruments, the children gave a stirring performance, even drawing audience members in to join them. Song, dance and local art were also featured throughout the three days of the forum with faces in the crowd from all around Australia.