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A meeting in Brisbane between the Qld Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee and representatives of key Government Departments progressed planning for the development of a languages policy framework for the state.

Members of the Queenslond lndigenous Advisory Committee
Members of the Queenslond lndigenous Advisory Committee
REPRESENTATIVES from the Departments of Communications, Information,Technology and the Arts in Canberra as well as Queensland Departments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Employment and Training, Education, Natural Resources and Mines and the ICC attended the June Languages Roundtable, which was coordinated by FATSIL and Girringun Aboriginal Corporation. FATSIL Queensland delegate Melinda Holden was the driving force behind the organization of both Queensland meetings, working tirelessly over the past eighteen months to see the planning come to fruition.

The Government representatives at the Brisbane round-table detailed their agencies' current roles in respect to supporting Indigenous languages, and helped draft strategies to increase the response from Government in the future.
The Brisbane meeting had earlier appointed representatives from community language programs across the state to take positions on the interim Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee. The committee's formation came about following a recommendation from the 2004 Indigenous Languages Conference held in Townsville. Ms Agnes Tapim from Kirwan, North Queensland, and Dr Eve Fesl from Burpengary were appointed as chairpersons of the interim committee.

 

Members of the Queensland Indigenous Advisory Committee From back left: Bridget Priman, Mabel Tapim, Lois Blackman, Agnes Tapim, Lynnette Cockatoo, Marita Budden and Joy Bonner. Front at left: Ethel Munn, Jim Akee and Melinda Holden. Eve Fesl and Faith Baisden out of photo.
Other committee members are Marita Budden, (from Tolga), Ethel Munn, (Roma), Melinda Holden, (Townsville), James Akee, (Mer Island), Lois Blackman, (Bundaberg) Joy Bonner, (Pialba) Bridget Priman, (Kirwan), Lynnette Cockatoo, (Manunda, Cairns) Faith Baisden, (Brisbane).

Draft Charter for the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee

To act as one voice -To coordinate language issues in Queensland and to establish a role as an independent body.

• Develop a state language policy/ framework
• Develop and support the use of protocols and legal frameworks for persons involved with language
• Bring together people interested in representing languages to:
• participate in the framework
• exchange experience
• lobby and advocate for language matters in Queensland
• network and support communities
• advise community of information on funding sources that can be accessed for languages
• To critically examine government policies/practices
• To advocate nationally and internationally for Queensland languages
• Advise on and review funding allocations for Queensland
• Examine structure of RALMCs, language centres and boundaries
• To work cooperatively with other state and national organisations and committees
• When requested provide support to language groups, organisations and individuals
• Support research and planning
• Support the development of resources.
• Encourage more language workers, speakers and trainee linguists.