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Eastern Australian indigenous language centres - Collective action for community needs

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Title: Eastern Australian indigenous language centres - Collective action for community needs
Authors: Lowe, Kevin
Baisden, Faith
Paton, Paul
Issue Date: 01 Mar 2013
Description: The “Group”* is a confederation of Aboriginal language advocates from across Eastern Australia. They have elected to act as a 2-way conduit between government – both state and commonwealth and the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and individuals who are currently working on the reclamation and maintenance of their languages. Currently the group is working in collaboration with national archival and acquisition institutions, national media organisations, labour organisations, state and commonwealth education and curriculum development agencies. In respect to its task of collaborating and representing the interests and needs of language centres, the group has facilitated state and national workshops with Aboriginal language centres. These have generated considerable discussion and agreement on a wide range of common concerns that focus on matters such as staffing, funding, training, relationships development and maintenance with government and community stakeholders and the promotion of Indigenous languages within an overwhelmingly monolingual environment.

This presentation will focus on a range of these concerns and outline the proactive role that the group has taken to address these issues with government, their agents, and communities themselves.

Author 1.
The ‘author’ a Gubbi Gubbi man from southeast Queensland, until recently was the Inspector, Aboriginal Education in the New South Wales Board of Studies. He has had extensive experience in schools, vocational education and universities before taking up his position at the Board in 2001. He was held positions in national, state and regional Indigenous organisations over many years. Over the last decade his work has focused on developing curriculum to teach both Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Languages. He has also worked with Aboriginal communities, schools and education systems across NSW to facilitate the development of quality educational projects that support effective school and community learning partnerships. He is currently a post-graduate doctoral student at Newcastle University.

Author 2.
The ‘Author’ is from the Yugambeh community south of Brisbane, in Queensland Australia. She has been involved for over twenty years with Indigenous language projects both at the community level and in consultation for state and national policy in support of languages. The ‘Author’ has for the past four years been the coordinator for two major language organisations providing representation for language centres over half of Australia. Through this work she played a key role in liaising with the Federal Government for the announcement of the 2009 National Indigenous Languages Policy.
She has had extensive experience in writing, editing and publishing, and is an author and publisher of a range of books designed to help teach languages to young children.

* The term “Group” is used in this document to replace the title of the organisation.
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Appears in Collections:3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC)

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