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A first for FATSIL as Minister Kemp meets with Governing Committee | Indigenous, Language, Fatsil, Arts, Committee, Communities, Albany, Dcita | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages
 
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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.

The way was paved for ongoing communication between the Minister's office and FATSIL, with plans for a further meeting later in the year.

Albany meeting for West Australian communities

THE second West Australian State Language Meeting for 2004 was attended by community members from Albany, Mandurah, Mt Barker, Perth, Bunbury, Brookton, Gnowangerup and Katanning. The meeting held in Albany on the 25th and 26th November, also brought together representatives from a range of agencies including DCITA, Albany Regional Prison,TAFE, Albany Town Council, Great Southern Area Consultative Committee, Police and District Education.

Vigorous discussion took place regarding the model to be employed for the establishment of a new Noongar Language Centre.

The meeting heard from Fiona Saurin, from the Great Southern Area Consultative Committee on the implications of successful language programs for employment, education and community development. Other topics covered were — creating incentives for school students to take up language studies, the digitizing of Noongar language, creation of language courses for prison inmates and further support for networking between West Australian language communities.

DCITA National Office update

There have a been a number of recent changes in the staffing of the National Office team managing the Indigenous Languages program, which is now part of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA). The Languages Program is managed by the
Indigenous Languages and Culture Section, whose team members in Canberra are:

  • Helen Nosworthy
  • Sallie Anderson
  • Lori Richardson
  • Claire Drake
  • Gillian Drew

The Indigenous Languages and Culture Section (ILC) oversees the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records (MILR) program which operates to support the revival and maintenance of Indigenous languages as living systems of knowledge shared by communities and passed down from generation to generation. ILC also oversees the Regional Art and Culture Support (RACS) program which supports activities that maintain the depth and diversity of cultural practice within Indigenous communities and promotes Indigenous cultures as dynamic and integral elements of Australian culture and identity. ILC also has responsibility for national issues relating to Intangible Cultural Heritage as well as developing Indigenous languages and cultural policy.

The Canberra team is supported by DCITA staff based in all the Indigenous Coordination Centres (ICC) around Australia. Enquiries about specific activities should be directed in the first instance to local ICC officers.