Joint release - Minister for Indigenous Affairs - National Indigenous Languages Convention: Protecting, preserving and celebrating Indigenous languages
1 December 2017
Turnbull Government will host a National Indigenous Languages Convention on the
Gold Coast on 23 February 2018. The Convention will explore how digital
technologies can be used to protect and preserve Indigenous languages and
encourage collaborations between language experts, communities and technology
providers. It will also assist communities to develop their capabilities to use
the estimated 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, about 120
are still spoken, but most of these remain in danger of being lost.
Convention is part of the Government’s additional $10 million commitment over
four years for innovative projects protecting, preserving and celebrating Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander languages.
projects include multi-media
platforms to showcase oral histories and stream Indigenous language videos and animated learning resources.
commitment complements the $80 million over four years Indigenous Languages and
Arts program. This funds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to
revive and maintain languages through the Indigenous Language Centres, and to
develop and present art.
Government is committed to closing the gap between Indigenous and
non-Indigenous Australians and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples to revive, maintain and promote their cultures through arts and
more information visit: www.arts.gov.au/indigenouslanguages