Language protocols are important in many ways, they can determine how you work within your community, how you work with other organisations, how you work with schools and also how you work with linguists and other consultants. There has been a huge amount of work done in Australia on Language Protocols which you may use to devise your own for your situation or implement as a basis to commence work.
The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Languages (FATSIL) have themself developed community protocols and also agreements for consultants and community. They serve as an excellent starting point for understanding the importance of correct protocol.
NSW Board of Studies
The NSW Office of the Board of Studies have led the way as a Government Education Department by developing there own resource. This publication was designed to support educators in developing strategies for beginning the consultation process and for building an ongoing working relationship with their local Aboriginal community.
Working with Aboriginal Communities: A Guide to Community Consultation and Protocols
This publication was designed to support educators in developing strategies for beginning the consultation process and for building an ongoing working relationship with their local Aboriginal
Australian Copyright Council
The Council has an excellent website with a large selection of downloadable documents of Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts organisations, and others interested in indigenous culture, indigenous intellectual property and traditional knowledge.
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