FATSIL boosts international profile PDF Print E-mail
FATSIL'S international profile continues to grow with presentations at two major overseas language conferences this year. NSW delegate Kevin Lowe accepted an invitation as a keynote speaker at the 12th Stabilising Indigenous Languages Conference in Victoria, Canada in June.The focus of this address was the politics of language reclamation in Australia. Mr Lowe took part in a school curriculum workshop with Canadian teachers, and following the conference, visited a number of communities to research a range of school education and community language programs in Canadian and the US.

He later went to Edmonton, the capital of Alberta province to discuss language issues such as the development of the Canadian Indigenous Languages Development Institute (CILLDI).This is a joint project between community and University of Alberta to support the teaching and learning of the many the many Indigenous languages of Canada In August Mr Lowe and Ms June Oscar were invited to attend the International Symposium on the World's Indigenous Languages: Coming Together in Diversity which took place at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. In his address to this symposium Mr Lowe presented an overview of progress in language development from both a community and an educational perspective in Australia.

Success in Scotland

INDIGENOUS Language groups in Scotland have celebrated the recent action of the Scottish Parliament to pass the Gaelic Language Act with the full support of all political parties.The legislation supports the development of Gaelic in education programs and public life.

Writers out there!

CAROL Zall from the US has asked if we could help her get in touch with Indigenous to a publication that will feature works written by language speakers who would like to contribute minority language speakers on issues of identity, language loss, culture etc. Carol is especially interested in writing such as poetry, short stories and personal essays rather than more theoretical pieces.

If you are interested in contributing or would like to find out more, Carol's email is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it