Monthly Archives: March 2018

The State Library of Western Australia’s project “Storylines”

Since 2013, the State Library of Western Australia has been undertaking a project focused on identifying and categorising the photographs and documents already archived in its collection, as well as compiling additional material and making the entire project readily accessible … Continue reading

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Friends of bilingual education

Friends of Bilingual Learning is a website that advocates for bilingual (or trilingual) learning in schools and the maintenance of Aboriginal languages. It provides information on events, resources for teaching English as a second language/dialect, discussion on current issues and … Continue reading

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A comprehensive history of bilingual education in the Northern Territory

In Topic 9 of this unit we look at Aboriginal Languages in Education, paying particular attention to the history of bilingual education programs. Some of the resources listed are quite dated, so it’s excellent news that this comprehensive account of … Continue reading

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A Matter of National Pride

Upon researching the use of Aboriginal languages in Australia today, I’ve come across a Youtube clip ‘My WA: Story books in Aboriginal English – Kondinin’.  This clip tells how the Western Australian Department of Education, together with ‘celebrate WA’, is … Continue reading

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Rules rule!, or not: A call to engage

Articles about Aboriginal languages, our subject of study, have appeared in mainstream newspapers recently. At least one is a simplified version of a complex subject originally published in a more academic publication. As we know, many Australians know nothing about … Continue reading

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Language in Aboriginal suicide prevention

I came across an app in progress last year called ‘Kurdiji’. Kurdji is a Walpiri word meaning to shield, protect, or ward off. Kurdiji will be a suicide prevention app for Aboriginal people, and the story behind it is nothing … Continue reading

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The Last Leader of the Crocodile Isands

The Last Leader of the Crocodile Islands is a documentary about ‘Big boss’ the last surviving pre-colonial Indigenous Australian Elder from the Yan-Nhangu clan of the Yolgnu nation. ‘Big boss’ was the 2012 Senior Australian of the year and The … Continue reading

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Indigenous Languages across Australia

http://gambay.com.au/map This is the link to a map demonstrating Australia’s Indigenous languages including all the dialects, which leads to a number of approximately 600 different idioms. It clearly shows which ones are located in which area. Moreover, this map makes … Continue reading

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