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VOTL 33 | Language, Indigenous, Centre, Aboriginal, Education, Conference, Library, Katherine | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
Voice of the Land - Volume 33 PDF Print E-mail
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Voice of the Land - Volume 33
Voice of the Land - Volume 33

Our Languages Are the
Voice of the Land


Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre celebrates new library launch

Traditional Dancers entertain the crowd at the launch of the new Community Language Library at the Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language centre. The joint celebration was attended by community members, school teachers and members of organisations from around the region, and was supported by the Jawayn Association and the Mayor of Katherine.

From the National Manager PDF Print E-mail

Bill Lancaster, National Manager
Bill Lancaster, National Manager
I'd like to say a warm hello to everyone and welcome you to what is to be the final issue of the FATSIL newsletter. Don't worry though, we'll be back next issue with the launch of our new bigger and better format FATSIL magazine. It will be a total redesign and include a far more user friendly approach to the layout as well an increased number of pages.

Kuril dhagun PDF Print E-mail

Indigenous knowledge centre

THE newly redeveloped State Library of Queensland will include kuril dhagun, an indigenous Knowledge Centre and the first of its kind in an Australian State Library.

Kuril dhagun, will be located in the corner of the Library closest I to Kurilpa Point on the river. It will explore different ways of understanding, creating, collecting and Toring knowledge, and broadening the traditional concept of libraries and library services. It will be seen as a place where indigenous and non-Indigenous people can talk, discuss, learn, reconcile and s are knowledge.The greatest challenge (and also opportunity) of th centre is the appropriate collection and sharing of knowledge directly from Indigenous culture, as opposed to about the culture.A major focus of the new centre 1 will be the indigenous languages of Queensland. with the IKC preparing to take on a supportive rib for communities as they continue to research and record their languages

Trafford Indigenous Language Publishing Pledge Update PDF Print E-mail
TRAFFORD Publishing has announced a pledge I of C$1.6M to cover the publishing costs of 65 Indigenous Language books per year over the next, ten Years - a total of 650 new Indigenous language publications.This commitment to Indigenous language literacy follows a previous donation by Trafford Publishing of children's primers in five indigenous languages of British Columbia, Canada during 2003-4, plus the contracted publication of an additional five indigenous language books during 2005. See a sample of these publications at
Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre PDF Print E-mail

Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre
Jawoyn didj player Jamie Ah Fat
Speeches traditional dancing, language videos and a barbecue entertained a small crowd celebrating the launch of two new dictionaries and community language Library at the Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre earlier this month.

The dictionaries, of Jawoyn, an Aboriginal language of the Katherine area in the Norehern Territory, have been years In the making.

Getting on with the job PDF Print E-mail

Indigenous Engagement in Education

WOLLOTUKA,The School of Aboriginal Studies at The University of Newcastle, in partnership with the indigenous Unit from the NSW Department of Education and Training is hosting the 4th National indigenous Education Conference-The Conference will be held from 27 to 29 November 2006 at the Civic Precinct in Newcastle, NSW.The Conference theme is 'Getting on with the job: indigenous Engagement in Education'.

Numbulwar hosts Language Revitalisation workshop PDF Print E-mail
Participants of Numbulwar Language Revitalisation workshop
Participants of Numbulwar Language Revitalisation workshop
NUMB ULWAR recently hosted around 50 community members representing six remote communities and eight endangered Aboriginal languages for a Language Revitalisation workshop. All the participants work in their remote communities and schools to teach language and culture. The workshop, facilitated by NT DEET and Funded by IESIP (Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Program), was held at Nurnbulwar from May 23-25.
Melbourne Wins Bid for 2008 World Indigenous Education Conference PDF Print E-mail
Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAl) is the successful bidder to host the World indigenous Peoples Conference: Education 2008

VAEAI competed with several other organization and countries to be 'the host of the auspicious World Indigenous People's Conference, Education in 2008-WIPCE 2008. The announcement that VAEAI had been successful in its bid to host the conference In Melbourne was made during the recent 2005 Conference held in Hamilton. New Zealand.
Gumbaynggirr Teaching and Learning PDF Print E-mail
Muurrbay Students at Mindi Mirlarl, Clarence River - 2006
Muurrbay Students at Mindi Mirlarl, Clarence River - 2006
David Prosser...
I remember Aunty Rose Fernando, Gamilaroi ,, Elder, who was the inaugural Chairperson of the NSW Board of Studies "NSW Aboriginal Languages Committee" saying "Language is our soul". This became one of the foundations of the NSW Aboriginal Languages Policy.

Twelve years later, coming back to my great grandfather's country (Nambucca Heads), I'm currently a student of Muurrbay Language and Culture Centre studying Gumbaynggirr language. This intensive program will help me to teach Gumbaynggirr language in schools.Also and most importantly to learn my "own" language.
Singing with the stars PDF Print E-mail
GUMBAYNGGIR students from St Mary's School, Bowraville had a taste of the spotlight recently when they were given the chance to sing on stage at the Xavier Rudd in Coffs Harbour. The students are becoming used to performing in public, having appeared previously at the Native Title Conference and the opening of the Indigenous Coordination Centre at Coffs Harbour.

Language course online PDF Print E-mail
A great resource for Western Desert-Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Antikirinya language learning, is at

Thls new online language teaching course has been developed by the Ngapartji. Ngapartji team who have complied 26 part program.