Indigenous language linked to drop in drug abuse.

A recent news story by the ABC  highlights the importance of Indigenous linguistic and cultural practices  to Indigenous youth health and wellbeing. The original report was part of the ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing: A focus on children and youth, Apr 2011‘ report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The ABS study has found that ‘young people who speak an Indigenous language were less likely to engage in high risk alcohol consumption and illicit substance use, than those who did not speak an Indigenous language. They were also less likely to report being a victim of physical violence’. However, the study also found that the number of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who speak an Indigenous language continues to fall, from 18% in 2002 to 13% in 2008. 21% of young children aged 3-14 who do not speak an Indigenous language at home are currently learning one. I wonder how the results from this report will be received by policy makers, and if the report will have any impact on decisions surrounding bilingual education?

-Annie

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