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LINGAD 07 | Engaging, Indigenous, Conference, Lingad, Auntie, Ngarpadla, Leonora, Alitya | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
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Detail of boomerang from Taikurtinna dancer
In amongst all of this activity however, the real value of the conference was apparent: yarning, reuniting with old friends and colleagues, sharing experiences, and planning for the future over coffee. As always, it’s the people that make these events, and the delegates attending LINGAD 07 were busy engaging and connecting with one another from the very first morning. It was a great place to be inspired about Indigenous languages.

There were many highlights. The tone was set with the first plenary panel: impressive and articulate speeches from eminent leaders in Indigenous language work from all corners of the country. Leonora Adidi from Saibai Island, Lorraine Injie from the Pilbara, John Atkinson
from Victoria, Ngarpadla (Auntie) Alitya Wallara Rigney from Yorke Peninsular, and Raymattja Marika from north-east Arnhem Land were all dignified and engaging contributors. Many important presentations followed over the next 3 days, of which more information may be found by contacting the conveyor, Mr Rob Avery at the University of Adelaide. Conference recommendations may be found at