The ABC and First Languages Australia are seeking entries for the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition, which enables schoolchildren across the country to support the languages and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

30 May 2019

The ABC and First Languages Australia are seeking entries for the 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition, which enables schoolchildren across the country to support the languages and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

In this International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019), schools are invited to work with their local Indigenous community in translating the song 'Marrin Gamu' into the first language of their area and record a video of their students performing the song.

Head of ABC Education Annabel Astbury said the videos will be in the running for prizes such as local language resource packs and audio-visual recording equipment.

'We are inspired by the excitement among students and teachers to learn, celebrate and help preserve our first languages,' Annabel said.

'We are proud to launch the competition in National Reconciliation Week and to work with First Languages Australia in helping schools build connections with local Indigenous communities as part of the ABC's commitment to building greater understanding of and respect for our First Peoples.'

Faith Baisden, Coordinator of First Languages Australia, said: 'There are hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages and a wealth of cultural knowledge is held within each one. Discussions about Australia's first languages can help create a society that knows and respects the history and cultures of this land.'

To celebrate IY2019 the ABC and First Languages Australia have also partnered on This Place, a digital initiative that invites Indigenous Australians to create short videos sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, history and cultures.

The 2019 Indigenous Language Song Competition is open until 30 August. Here's an entry from a previous year:

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