120918 – ‘Our Land Our Languages’: Report on language learning in Indigenous communities

Contents:
* ‘Our Land Our Languages’:
Report on inquiry into
language learning in Indigenous communities
* Greg Dickson:
Parliament reports on indigenous tongues: can they be saved?
* Aidan Wilson:
First language education is a matter of common sense
* Charis Palmer:
Action needed to help preserve Indigenous languages
* Claire Bowern:
The chance of a lifetime to save Indigenous languages
* More on the ‘Our Land Our Languages’ Report
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
(bilingual education)
* Paddy Gibson: Country Liberals cynically tap anger at
Intervention to topple Labor in the NT
* Selena Black:
Income management trials punish welfare recipients twice
* More ‘Stronger Futures’ Legislation related articles
* Background to ‘Stronger Futures’ new NT Intervention laws
* Background to the Northern Territory (NT) Intervention
* ISJA: Sovereign Aboriginal nations consider
sanctuary for Julian Assange
* Background to the Aboriginal sovereignty movement
* Living Black: Walkatjurra Walkabout In Leonora!
* The Wire:
Government calls for submissions to Indigenous Health Plan

* ‘OUR LAND OUR LANGUAGES’:
REPORT ON INQUIRY INTO
LANGUAGE LEARNING IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

– Report

House of Representatives Committees:
Inquiry into language learning in Indigenous communities
Our Land Our Languages
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House_of_Representatives_Committees?url=/atsia/languages2/report.htm
“On Monday 17 September 2012, the Standing Committee on
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled its
report on the inquiry into language learning in Indigenous
communities entitled Our Land Our Languages.”

* GREG DICKSON:
PARLIAMENT REPORTS ON INDIGENOUS TONGUES: CAN THEY BE SAVED?

– Analysis / Opinion

Crikey:
Parliament reports on indigenous tongues: can they be saved?
http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/09/17/parliament-reports-on-indigenous-tongues-can-they-be-saved/
17 Sep 12: “Today federal Parliament releases the Our Land,
Our Languages report, stemming from the recent inquiry into
Learning Languages in Indigenous Communities. Our Land,
Our Languages draws on 154 submissions and 23 public
hearings held throughout Australia over the course of a
year. The report comprehensively argues for greater
recognition and resourcing of indigenous languages and
calls for action to halt the embarrassing rate of loss and
endangerment of native languages. It is a thorough,
measured, yet still ambitious document arguing for
indigenous languages to be elevated into a position of
greater prominence and prosperity.”
By Greg Dickson of Crikey blog Fully (sic).
Greg Dickson is a contributor to Fully (sic) and has worked
in indigenous language documentation, research, training
and resourcing for 10 years.

* AIDAN WILSON:
FIRST LANGUAGE EDUCATION IS A MATTER OF COMMON SENSE

– Analysis / Opinion

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
First language education is a matter of common sense
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2012/09/18/first-language-education-is-a-matter-of-common-sense/
18 Sep 12: “The committee found heavily in favour of the
proponents of bilingual education as the substantial
evidence submitted clearly shows that rather than being
deleterious, the use of the child’s first language in early
childhood education had widespread benefits. …
Recommendation 14 therefore calls for the provision of
adequately resourced bilingual education programs in areas
where the child’s first language is an indigenous language,
whether that language is a traditional language such as
Warlpiri or Murrinh Patha, or a contact language such as
Kriol, Gurindji Kriol or Light Warlpiri.” By Aidan Wilson

* CHARIS PALMER:
ACTION NEEDED TO HELP PRESERVE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

– News

The Conversation:
Action needed to help preserve Indigenous languages
http://theconversation.edu.au/action-needed-to-help-preserve-indigenous-languages-9631
17 Sep 12: “Language and Indigenous experts have welcomed a
government report that recommends bilingual school education
programs for Indigenous communities, saying it will benefit
all Australians and help get some Indigenous languages off
the endangered languages list. The “Our Land Our Languages”
report follows a 12-month inquiry by the House of
Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Affairs.” By Charis Palmer

* CLAIRE BOWERN:
THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME TO SAVE INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES

– Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation:
The chance of a lifetime to save Indigenous languages
http://theconversation.edu.au/the-chance-of-a-lifetime-to-save-indigenous-languages-9654
18 Sep 12: “It is not often that the opportunity comes along
to make a real difference, but a new report into Indigenous
languages in Australia has the potential to do just that.
Our Land, Our Languages has already been likened to the
momentous Mabo decision. But where Mabo helped change our
legal and cultural understanding of Indigenous land rights,
this report highlights the fiction of a monolingual
Australia and calls for recognition of Australia’s
Indigenous linguistic diversity.” By Claire Bowern,
Associate Professor of Linguistics at Yale University.
Claire’s research focuses on the Indigenous languages of
Australia.

* MORE ON THE ‘OUR LAND OUR LANGUAGES’ REPORT:

– News

Australian:
Bilingual tack gains traction for indigenous children
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/bilingual-tack-gains-traction/story-fn59niix-1226476089970
18 Sep 12: “FEDERAL School Education Minister Peter Garrett
has declared he will talk to state governments about
adopting bilingual education for indigenous children,
arguing school attendance rates would improve if they were
taught in their first language. Parliament’s standing
committee on indigenous affairs released a bipartisan
report yesterday calling for more action to protect
endangered indigenous languages, revealed by The Australian,
and recommending bilingual education.”

ABC: Indigenous students need bilingual education
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-17/senate-committee-recommends-bilingual-education/4265814?section=nt
17 Sep 12: “A Federal Parliamentary committee says it
received crystal clear evidence that school attendance
rates would improve if Indigenous children were taught in
their first language. Parliament’s Standing Committee on
Indigenous Affairs has released a bipartisan report calling
for more action to protect endangered Indigenous languages.
Among the committee’s 30 recommendations is a call for more
money to be spent on bilingual education for Indigenous
children and an interpreting service for Indigenous
languages.”

– Video

SBS World News: Preserve Indigenous languages: Inquiry
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/video/2279945714/Action-required-to-preserve-Indigenous-languages
17 Sep 12: “A federal parliamentary inquiry has called for
sweeping changes to ensure Indigenous languages are
maintained and revived. Those involved in the new report
claim reforms will lead to better social outcomes,
including higher school attendance and better service
delivery in health and justice. ”

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS
(BILINGUAL EDUCATION):

Last updated: 18 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-languages-in-nt-schools-bilingual-education

* PADDY GIBSON:
COUNTRY LIBERALS CYNICALLY TAP ANGER AT INTERVENTION
TO TOPPLE LABOR IN THE NT

– Analysis / Opinion

Solidarity:
Country Liberals cynically tap anger at Intervention
to topple Labor in the NT
http://www.solidarity.net.au/49/country-liberals-cynically-tap-anger-at-intervention-to-topple-labor-in-the-nt/
September 2012: “The Country Liberals (CLP) have swept to
power in the Northern Territory elections, … The CLP ran
a cynical, yet devastatingly effective campaign in bush
electorates. Their election platform here had two
components, both central demands of the campaign against
the NT Intervention. First, the break-up of the hated Super
Shire councils, which the Henderson Labor government
introduced in 2008. … Second, an end to the “Working
Futures” policy which has seen investment focussed on 20
“growth towns”, at the expense of the hundreds of smaller
communities and outstations on Aboriginal land.” Paddy Gibson

* SELENA BLACK:
INCOME MANAGEMENT TRIALS PUNISH WELFARE RECIPIENTS TWICE

– News

Green Left:
Income management trials punish welfare recipients twice
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52244
15 Sep 12: “Compulsory income management must be opposed:
this was the consensus from a lively August 29 community
meeting hosted by the Socialist Alliance in Playford,
northern Adelaide, where income management is being
“trialled” for some welfare recipients. This meeting
included activists, locals, and representatives from
community and welfare groups. …
Presentations from Pas Forgione from the Socialist Alliance
and Left Unity, and Mike Williss, a research officer with
the Australian Education Union (AEU) South Australia,
explored the controversial policy, which was first applied
to Aboriginal welfare recipients under the Northern
Territory intervention.” Selena Black

* MORE ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ LEGISLATION RELATED ARTICLES:

– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
17 Sep 12: “The Federal Oppositions spokesman for
Indigenous Affairs Territory Senator Nigel Scullion says
the majority of Aboriginal people who voted in the recent
Northern Territory election voted in favor of the Howard
co-alition governments Intervention.”

* BACKGROUND TO ‘STRONGER FUTURES’ NEW NT INTERVENTION LAWS:

Last updated: 7 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-stronger-futures-new-nt-intervention-laws

* BACKGROUND TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) INTERVENTION:

Last updated: 1 August 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-northern-territory-nt-intervention

* ISJA:
SOVEREIGN ABORIGINAL NATIONS CONSIDER SANCTUARY
FOR JULIAN ASSANGE

– Media Statement

The Indigenous Social Justice Association:
Sovereign Aboriginal nations consider sanctuary
for Julian Assange
Sovereign Union: http://nationalunitygovernment.org/node/384
Green Left: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52227
14 Sep 12: “Several sovereign Aboriginal nations are
considering giving Julian Assange refuge and sanctuary in
their nations.
It was argued that as Julian is an Australian citizen he
should be allowed to seek sanctuary in one of the sovereign
Aboriginal nations in the lands known as Australia.
Whilst the federal government is held in thrall to the
dictates of the US, we are not and are therefore quite free
to support Julian in every way we possibly can. Offering
safe refuge is but one way. Why should Julian be forced to
seek refuge in a South American country and not his own?”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
17 Sep 12: “The Indigenous Social Justice Association has
provided WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange with an
Aboriginal Nations passport claiming Assange has been
abandoned by Australian authorities.”

Living Black: An Aboriginal Passport For Julian Assange
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232861/t/An-Aboriginal-Passport-For-Julian-Assange/in/english
14 Sep 12: “Aboriginal Passport Ceremony in Redfern,
Saturday September 15.”

– Related Past Event

Event: Sat 15 September 2012:
New location: The Settlement, Darlington, NSW
Welcome to Aboriginal Land and Passport Ceremony
“Over 200 people, including newly arrived
asylum seekers will receive an Aboriginal Passport
which will be issued by:
* Robbie Thorpe, Treaty Republic and
* Ray Jackson, President,
Indigenous Social Justice Assocation.”
“Ray Jackson says that “the issuing of the
Passports cover two important areas of interactions
between the Traditional Owners of the Lands and
migrants, asylum seekers and non-Aboriginal citizens
of this country. Whilst they acknowledge our rights to
all the Aboriginal Nations of Australia we reciprocate
by welcoming them into our Nations.
It is a moral win-win for all involved in the process”.”
Event details: http://aboriginalpassportceremony.org/
Event details: http://www.mediafire.com/view/?oss29z2m94lokis#

* BACKGROUND TO THE ABORIGINAL SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT:

Last updated: 15 September 2012

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/22/background-to-the-aboriginal-sovereignty-movement-and-the-aboriginal-tent-embassies

* LIVING BLACK: WALKATJURRA WALKABOUT IN LEONORA!

– Audio Interviews

Living Black: Walkatjurra Walkabout In Leonora!
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232865/t/Walkatjurra-Walkabout-In-Leonora/in/english
14 Sep 12: “270 long kilometres later, the Walk For Country
arrives in Leonora. … Traditional owners are questioning
the Western Australian government’s motives, in pushing for
the development of a uranium project labelled by mining
giant BHP Billiton as “uneconomically viable”. This follows
the recent sale by BHP of land at Yeelirrie, to Canadian
uranium miner Cameco for 430-million dollars. The WA
Premier Colin Barnett had urged BHP to relinquish the area
to a miner who would be prepared to mine uranium there.
Traditional owner Kado Muir says although his people are
united in opposing uranium mining on their land, BHP had
been a reasonable company to deal with.”

Living Black: Walkatjurra Walkabout
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/232867/t/Walkatjurra-Walkabout/in/english
14 Sep 12: “Yeelirrie site sold to Canadian uranium mining
company. … Marcus Atkinson from Footprints For Peace
speaks with Michelle Lovegrove about BHP Billiton’s sale of
the Yeelirrie site to Canadian uranium mining company
Cameco.”

– Past Event

Event: 20 August to 14 September 2012: Yeelirrie-Leonora, WA
Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country
A one month walk from Yeelirrie to Leonora
” … is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to
the strength of the community who have fought to stop
uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a
chance to come together to continue share our commitment to
a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to
reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of
walking for country.”
“This walk will be lead by the Walkatjurra Rangers,
in partnership with Footprints for Peace,
Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA),
the Anti Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia (ANAWA)
and the Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA).”
Event details: http://walkingforcountry.com/
Event details: http://www.nuclearfreefuture.com/
Event details: http://nffcampaign2011.footprintsforpeace.net/?p=69
News: http://www.nit.com.au/news/1703-walkatjurra-walkabout-a-journey-to-stop-uranium-mining-of-our-land.html

* THE WIRE:
GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS TO INDIGENOUS HEALTH PLAN

– Audio Interview

The Wire:
Government calls for submissions to Indigenous Health Plan
Produced by David Thornhill
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9596
12 Sep 12: “The Federal Government is calling on the public
to help close the gap in Indigenous and non-indigenous
health. Submissions will be used to develop a National
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. A new
discussion paper released by the Department of Health And
Ageing is asking communities and health providers to detail
what services are most needed for Indigenous Australians.
We spoke to Justin Mohamed, Chairperson of the National
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, about
the organisations hopes for the health plan. …
Featured in story: Justin Mohamed, Chairperson of the
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation”

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