ABC Far North Queensland provides an MP3 audio of Sam Davis interviewing teacher Trevor Stockley (among other audio MP3s including The North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Language Corporation [NQRALC] Chair, Troy Wyles-Whelan addressing the standing committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs [ATSIA]).
“Mr Stockley, who spent 14 years in north east Arnhem land in Yirrkala learning and teaching Gumatj of the Yolngu Matha language family said it was vital to give indigenous children a strong grounding in their first language.”
Mr Stockley provides a clear explaination of the importance of incorporating Aboriginal languages through bilingual programmes in schools.
Sam Davis’ online article ‘Indigenous languages disappearing as lobbying starts for bilingual programmes‘ reiterates this further.
“Mr Wyles-Whelan said he had seen first-hand the sense of belonging language had given indigenous prisoners.
“We’ve got one of the highest incarceration rates of indigenous people in the world. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some people who’ve been incarcerated and … given them some language material and their whole attitude changed,” he said.”
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Belinda Christensen (2012 LING366)