120924 – Congress and ANTaR speak out on the ‘Our Land Our Languages’ Report

Contents:
* Congress:
Report speaks volumes on Aboriginal languages future
* ANTaR backs call for urgent action on languages
* Vicki Kerrigan: Parlez vous Yolngu?
* Emma Murphy: Report:
Bilingual education in Aboriginal communities is crucial
* Claire Bowern:
Our Land, Our Languages and Preserving Our Heritage
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools
* WANFA: Traditional Owners Demand Consultation
* Living Black: The First Handout of Aboriginal Passports
* Living Black: New Laws to Affect Traditional Hunting Methods
* The Wire: Traditional Owners Know Best

* CONGRESS:
REPORT SPEAKS VOLUMES ON ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES FUTURE

– News

National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples:
Report speaks volumes on Aboriginal languages future
http://nationalcongress.com.au/languages-inquiry-response/
17 Sep 12: “Congress says the recommendations from a
Parliamentary Committee inquiry reinforce Congress’s
priority to address the crisis in protecting and
maintaining Aboriginal languages.
Congress Co-Chair Jody Broun congratulated the committee on
their report, “Our Land Our Languages”, saying that almost
every point in the Congress submission is included in the
Committee’s recommendations. …
“Congress worked hard to ensure our members and member
organisations who are experts in these areas were
instrumental in developing a strong, evidence based report
to the committee on the necessity for major improvements to
language learning, maintenance and revival,” said Director
Curnow. …
Co-Chair Broun stressed the importance of vital living
languages – not remnants of extinct languages – being
recognised as a unique part of Australian heritage and
culture.
“Congress will continue to advocate for the essential
national coordination required to support the many
regional language centres who have worked tirelessly for
the better part of 25 years,” she said. … ”

See:

WGAR News: ‘Our Land Our Languages’:
Report on language learning in Indigenous communities (18 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/18/wgar-news-our-land-our-languages-report-on-language-learning-in-indigenous-communities

Background to National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
Last updated: 5 May 2012
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples

– Related News

Koori Mail: Congress welcomes languages report
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Sep 12: “THE National Congress of Australia’s First
Peoples has welcomed a parliamentary report which
acknowledges the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander languages in improving outcomes in the Closing the
Gap framework. Congress co-chair Jody Broun Congress would
continue to advocate for the ‘essential national
coordination required to support the many regional
languages that had worked tirelessly’ for more than 25
years.”

– Related Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:

http://caama.com.au/radio#tabs-6
20 Sep 12: “The chair of a Parliamentary Inquiry into
Aboriginal languages has called on all Australian’s to be
proud of their Indigenous languages and help recognise
their importance in helping to close the massive gap in
health and disadvantage.”

* ANTaR BACKS CALL FOR URGENT ACTION ON LANGUAGES:

– Media Release

ANTaR
– Justice, Rights and Respect for Australia’s First Peoples:
ANTaR backs call for urgent action on languages
http://www.antar.org.au/antar_backs_call_for_urgent_action_on_languages
“ANTaR has today welcomed the release of a Parliamentary
Report recommending urgent national action to preserve,
maintain and revitalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander languages.
“Today’s Parliamentary report recognises the perilous state
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and the
urgent need for action. With many Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander languages critically endangered, we must
act now before it is too late,” said Jacqueline Phillips,
National Director. …
“ANTaR calls on all major parties to accept the
recommendations contained in today’s report to ensure the
future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.”
ANTaR strongly supports the Committee’s call for bilingual
education in communities where Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander languages are the first languages spoken.
… ”

See:

WGAR News: ‘Our Land Our Languages’:
Report on language learning in Indigenous communities (18 Sep 12)
http://indymedia.org.au/2012/09/18/wgar-news-our-land-our-languages-report-on-language-learning-in-indigenous-communities

– Related News

National Indigenous Radio Service:
ANTAR backs call to save Indigenous languages
http://www.nirs.org.au/news/latest-news/7547-antar-backs-call-to-save-indigenous-languages-
18 Sep 12: “The National Director for Australians for
Native Title and Reconciliation says Indigenous languages
are critically endangered. ANTAR backs a parliamentary
report released earlier this week stating the importance of
preserving, maintaining and revitalizing Indigenous
languages. Jacqueline Phillips says Australia has some of
the oldest surviving languages in the world which are
disappearing faster than any other Indigenous languages
globally.”

Koori Mail: ANTaR calls for action on languages
[scroll down page] http://www.koorimail.com/index.php
18 Sep 12: “A PARLIAMENTARY report into Indigenous
languages recognises the perilous state of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander languages and the urgent need for
action, according to Australians for Native Title and
Reconciliation national director Jacqueline Phillips. ANTaR
called on all major parties to accept the recommendations
in the report.”

* VICKI KERRIGAN: PARLEZ VOUS YOLNGU?

– Analysis / Opinion

ABC The Drum: Parlez vous Yolngu?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-19/kerriganlanguage/4267938
19 Sep 12: “We must extinguish the idea of Australia as a
monolingual place and there’s no better place to start than
in the classroom. ABC 105.7 Drive presenter Vicki Kerrigan
on why all Australians should learn Aboriginal languages.
… Language is not just about being able to communicate
with the shopkeeper; it is also the key to culture, social
structures, attitudes to money, connection to country and
the weather. Language is the key which can be used to
unlock differences. And then together we can sort it out.”
By ABC’s Vicki Kerrigan.
Vicki is the Drive presenter for ABC Local Radio Darwin.

– Related News

ABC: School sees pitfalls in Indigenous language studies
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-18/school-sees-pitfalls-in-indigenous-language-studies/4267540?section=qld
18 Sep 12: “The principal of Cherbourg State School,
south-west of Bundaberg in southern Queensland, says it
will be difficult to teach Indigenous languages in some
schools. A new report is calling on the Federal Government
to introduce Indigenous language education into schools
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Principal Peter Sansby says it is a good initiative but it
may not be practical in some schools with a diverse range
of students.”

* EMMA MURPHY:
REPORT:
BILINGUAL EDUCATION IN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES IS CRUCIAL

– Analysis / Opinion

Green Left:
Report:
Bilingual education in Aboriginal communities is crucial
http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/52287
20 Sep 12: “The report unashamedly puts language front and
centre not just to Aboriginal identity but also health and
wellbeing. For example, it says Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders who speak an Indigenous language enjoy
“markedly” better health and are more likely to be
employed, attend school and receive a post-school
qualification than those who don’t. … The recommendations
in Our Land Our Language have been welcomed by bilingual
education advocates. They are implicitly very critical of
current approaches – especially in the Northern Territory,
where bilingual education was dramatically scaled back four
years ago by the then Labor government.” By Emma Murphy

– Related Audio

ABC Brisbane: Bilingual education for Indigenous Australians
By Lachlan Mackintosh
http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/09/bilingual-education-for-indigenous-australians.html
19 Sep 12: “There’s a lot to a language, it’s more than
just a tool for communication, it’s a social identity. So
when a language disappears, how does it affect the culture
attached to it? The ‘Our Land, Our Languages’ report was
released this week, it looked at the role of Indigenous
languages in Australia and how they could help strengthen
the Aboriginal identify and culture.
Dr Felicity Meakins, a Research Fellow in Linguistics at
the University of Queensland, joined the program to talk
about the topic.”

* CLAIRE BOWERN:
OUR LAND, OUR LANGUAGES AND PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE

– Analysis / Opinion

Fully (sic) – Crikey’s language blog:
Our Land, Our Languages and Preserving Our Heritage
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2012/09/21/our-land-our-languages-and-preserving-our-heritage/
21 Sep 12: “We’re all in a tizz at Fully [sic] over the
new report Our Land, Our Languages. We’re usually pretty
mellow when it comes to government releases but this one is
worth taking up some pixel space over. It’s pretty rare
that Indigenous languages (IL) get a day in the sun in such
a spectacular way. … That’s why this report is so important:
it … provides 30 recommendations for how to go about it.
The recommendations cover a very broad range of activities,
from language documentation to education, implications for
health, interpreting programs, and increasing national
recognition for Australia’s linguistic diversity.”
By Claire Bowern,
Associate Professor of Linguistics, Yale University

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS:

Last updated: 23 September 2012

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

* WANFA: TRADITIONAL OWNERS DEMAND CONSULTATION

– Statement

Western Australia:
WA Nuclear Free Alliance Conference Statement
– Traditional Owners Demand Consultation
Indigenous Peoples: http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16267:western-australia-wa-nuclear-free-alliance-conference-statement-traditional-owners-demand-consultation&catid=24&Itemid=57
20 Sep 12: “The Western Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
(WANFA), made up of Aboriginal Traditional Land Owners who
are concerned about uranium mining on their country, from
the Pilbara, the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Great
Victorian Desert, the Central Desert, the Gascoyne, Perth
and the South West and their allies. WANFA met from
15th-16th of September at Kutunatu Ngurra camp just outside
of Leonora. …
The West Australian Nuclear Free Alliance supports
Aboriginal Sovereignty across all Aboriginal territories
in Western Australia. WANFA demands that the Government
and Industry respect the basic Human Rights of Aboriginal
peoples and adhere to the Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples, respecting our right to
self-determination and engaging with Aboriginal peoples
within the framework of the principle of Free, Prior and
Informed consent. … ”

* LIVING BLACK: THE FIRST HANDOUT OF ABORIGINAL PASSPORTS

– Audio

Living Black: The First Handout of Aboriginal Passports
By Michelle Lovegrove
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/233887/t/The-First-Handout-of-Aboriginal-Passports/in/english
21 Sep 12: “Non-Indigenous Australians officially receive
Aboriginal Passports. … Hundreds of people gathered in
Redfern for the first official handout of new Aboriginal
Passports to non-Indigneous Australians. Passport
applicants signed a Pledge Of Sovereignty, recognising
that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people never
gave up their lands, or relinquished their autonomy. Two
of the better-known recipients were John Shipton, father
of Julian Assange and former Guantanamo Bay detainee
Mamdouh Habib. … Mamdouh Habib spoke strongly on the
implications of holding an Aboriginal Lands Passport at
the handout ceremony.”

* LIVING BLACK: NEW LAWS TO AFFECT TRADITIONAL HUNTING METHODS

– Audio

Living Black: New Laws to Affect Traditional Hunting Methods
By Marc Tong
http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/aboriginal/highlight/page/id/233891/t/New-Laws-to-Affect-Traditional-Hunting-Methods/in/english
21 Sep 12: “Traditional hunters in Queensland now no longer
exempt from new animal cruelty laws. … The Queensland
government has passed amendments to its animal cruelty laws
to include traditional turtle and dugong hunters. It was an
election promise but one that the state is only now
discussing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and
animal welfare groups. Seen as a threat to native title
rights, there has been a severe backlash from Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander communities and talk of a High
Court challenge.”

* THE WIRE: TRADITIONAL OWNERS KNOW BEST

– Audio Interview

The Wire: Traditional Owners Know Best
Produced by Emilie Gramenz
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=9635
21 Sep 12: “Leah Talbot, from the Australian Conservation
Foundation, says Indigenous communities should be more
involved with national conservation. Their close
relationship to the land and knowledge would benefit
Australia’s conservation movement, she says. We spoke to
Leah about this issue.
Featured in story: Leah Talbot, ACF”

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