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VOTL 31 | Language, Television, Indigenous, National, Education, Government, Program, Service | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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Voice of the Land - Volume 31
Voice of the Land - Volume 31

Our Languages Are the
Voice of the Land


Ngadlu itto pirri warpulai - we've come this far

sums up the achievement of the children from the Kaurna Plains School where five year old Kiara Agius learns the Kaurna language. Kiara was with a group of school student's who performed Kaurna songs and traditional dances for the delegates of the FATSIL National Indigenous Languages Roundtable in Adelaide.

From the Editor PDF Print E-mail

Parliament is just the place we want to hear people giving speeches in support of lndigenous languages. Real change from Governments will come when politicians not only read their speeches to the house, but actually demonstrate an understanding of the issues they are talking about.

Message stick PDF Print E-mail

A call has been sent out for anyone with a story that would make an interesting subject for the ABC's Message Stick Program.Throughout
the community language programs there are plenty of these, and the I ABC has already featured a few, including the Wiradjuri program in
NSW-This is a great opportunity to let Australia know about your local projects, and the work that still needs to be done. If you would like to
talk to Message Stick, please contact

Jade Christian
Researcher/Associate Producer
lndigenous Programs Unit
ABC Television
Ph: 02 8333 42 l0 Fax: 02 8333 40 19
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New Indigenous TV series to boost programming in languages PDF Print E-mail

INDIGENOUS broadcasters and television and film producers have welcomed the announcement by Senator Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, lnformation Technologies and the Arts 1 that lndigenous television will receive Federal Government funding of $48.5 million over the next 4 years-The announcement follows a government review into the viability of establishing a national lndigenous television services which reported to parliament on 11 August 2005.

"It is great news for all Australians, building upon the remarkable, award-winning output of lndigenous television and film producers," said Rachel Perkins, speaking on behalf of the National lndigenous I Television Committee.

"It will now be possible to produce innovative programming for children and young people nationally, to plan the introduction of a national news and current affairs service and to extend the reach of programming in languages to lndigenous people across Australia."

"We see a national lndigenous TV service aimed primarily at lndigenous people in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia, and secondarily at non-Indigenous Australians," she 1 raid. ."But as has been the case in New Zealand, it may end having more non-Indigenous viewers who will tune in to learn about the many lndigenous cultures that contribute to the richness of contemporary Australia."

Chairman of lmparja Television and the CAAMA Group, Owen Cole,said he is delighted that the Minister has supported a model which builds on the lndigenous Community Television service (ICTV) service which narrow casts on the lmparja second channe1.A National lndigenous Television service will complement that ICTV service, he said. Australia is beginning to catch up with other countries in establishing a national lndigenous television presence.

In Canada the Aboriginal Peoples 'Television Network was established in 1999 and is mandated by the Canadian Government to broadcast nationally on the basic tier of cable te1evision.A Maori television network was established in New Zealand earlier this year and Indigenous television services have existed in Wales since 1982, Ireland since 1995 and Spain since 1983.

New Maorl website PDF Print E-mail

A good place to visit online is the updated website for the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori I The Maori Language Commission.This has been revamped with clever interactive sessions and information targeted to everyone from fluent speakers to early learners.There will be more to come on the New Zealand website over the next few months at

Language Centres come together at Kurlana Mika- National Roundtable PDF Print E-mail

Kim Aldu and Annette Churiama from Mirima Dawang Woorlab-Gerring Language Centre in Kununurra in Western Australia gave an outline of programs in their region
Kim Aldu and Annette Churiama from Mirima Dawang Woorlab-Gerring Language Centre in Kununurra in Western Australia gave an outline of programs in their region
A landmark meeting was held in Adelaide last month, when representatives from Language Centres around the country came together at the FATSIL National Indigenous Languages Roundtable, -Kurlana Mika - New Horizons.

From communities as diverse as wadeye in the Northern Territory  to Gippsland inVictoria,the delegates took part in the two day conference with the members of the FATSIL Governing Committee. Kaurna Elder,Auntie Leonie Brodie gave the welcome to country at the opening of the Roundtable.

Warrgamay Language Program - Language of the Month PDF Print E-mail

Community members came ether for planning workshops and language classes in a structured program.
Community members came ether for planning workshops and language classes in a structured program.
THE Warrgamay people, one of the three groups of the Ingham district in North Queensland, have always wanted their language revived, but needed someone who had the time to put it in place.The Warrgamay language program started with the interest of two of the Warrgamaygan people commencing a course called the Diploma of Australian Indigenous Language Studies.This course was held at the Cairns TAFE.The two students started the course in 2000 and finished it at the end of 2001. One student continued further linguistic studies at Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the NT.


"Now there's no one left to ask". PDF Print E-mail

Mrs. Evelyn Moyair Serico
Mrs. Evelyn Moyair Serico
A Tribute to Mrs. Evelyn Moyair Serico (nee Monkland-Olsen) Senior Elder of the Gubbi Gubbi People of the Sunshine Coast and hinterland of Queensland.

Many of our people whose last speaker of their language has passed on, will have faced this reality, as I have done over the last few weeks, since my mother left us on the 5th October, 2005.

Northern territory government reinstates bilingual education PDF Print E-mail
THE Northern Territory Government has announced its intention to put bilingual education back on the agenda in Government schools. Presenting the Statement on Indigenous Education to Parliament, the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, the Hon. Syd Stirling outlined the inclusion of bilingual education in the Indigenous Education Strategic Plan. The Minister said that the program will be discussed through the community engagement process, which aims at securing a commitment from both community and government to fulfill their respective roles in meeting educational responsibilities.
Wangka Maya Inaugural Awards PDF Print E-mail

At the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Languages Awards
At the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Languages Awards
The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre this year initiated an awards ceremony to recognise the tireless efforts of many individuals and organisations working on languages in their region. The awards ceremony was held with Wangka Maya's 2005 AGM and it is hoped, will become an annual event.The winners of the awards have contributed in a variety of ways that were highlighted in the outlines of their achievements.

Northern Territory languages given a helping helping hand from German car manufacturer PDF Print E-mail

Christine Ahwon Nangala
Christine Ahwon Nangala
IN the Victoria River District (VRD) of the Northern Territory, community members and a team of experts from across the world are working with speakers of endangered languages. The three year project is being funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

The project is a response to both local and global concerns about language loss, with Elders throughout the Victoria River District expressing a desire for their languages to be documented before the Elders pass away. The Volkswagen Foundation addresses global concerns about the loss of many of the world's languages through the'DoBeS' program,which sponsors the documentation of endangered languages.

Your FATSIL delegates PDF Print E-mail

Denise Karpany
Acting Chairperson

301 Churchill rd
Prospect SA 5082
Ph:088 2693 601
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New course opens for language teachers PDF Print E-mail

THE Koori Centre of the University of Sydney is introducing a new degree; the Master of Indigenous Languages Education in 2006.The course is designed to meet the need for qualified Indigenous instructors to participate in the delivery of language teaching programs in a range of educational settings.

It will be delivered in mixed-mode (block-release) over three blocks of one week each per semester, and take one year to complete full-time.

Indigenous language and place name thesaurus online PDF Print E-mail
THE Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies has just made available on its website, its Language (and place name) thesaurus. It is available at