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Event at Government House Canberra honouring Elders responsible for the preservation and revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

 

Eastern States Aborigina Langauges Group

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Event at Government House Canberra honouring Elders responsible for the preservation and revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Thirty one years after forming an organisation dedicated to the preservation and revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, a group of Elders is to be honoured in an event at Government House in Canberra on Friday the 6th July.

Her Excellency Mrs Quentin Bryce AC CVO will welcome the founding members of the Aboriginal Languages Association, who will be joined by representatives of over thirty different Indigenous language groups from around Australia. The first meeting of the ALA was held in Alice Springs in February 1981. Many of those who were at that meeting are still actively working to see traditional languages given the respect and recognition they deserve as the bedrock of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge.

While sadly some of the original members of the Association have passed away or are unable to attend, the younger members of their families and communities will be representing them at the event.

The event has been organised by the Eastern States Aboriginal Languages Group which is funded by the Australian Government’s Indigenous Languages Support program.

The Government House event will be one of the highlights of NAIDOC week.

For more information on the Eastern States Aboriginal Languages Group go to: www.easternstateslanguages.org.au 

For more information on the Indigenous Languages Support program go to: www.arts.gov.au/indigenous/ils

Contact details

Faith Baisden: Coordinator Eastern States Aboriginal Languages Group.

0417 628437       faith@binabar.com

Geoff Anderson: Member Eastern States Aboriginal Languages Group.

0402365410     andersongl2@bigpond.com

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