Grants to support First Nations cultural expression.

School children sit on the grass in front of a teacher during a language class.
Language class at Ama Aukia Activity Centre. Photo: Bamaga Enterprises Ltd.

More than $5.1 million in Australian Government funding will be shared by 44 community-based organisations to deliver vital languages and arts activities.

The grants are being delivered under the Indigenous Languages and Arts program, which supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through Indigenous languages and arts activities around Australia.

Recipients include the Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation, who will receive $156,000 over two years to produce story books, flashcards, website material and other educational resources to strengthen and share the Darumbal language; and the Iwiri Aboriginal Corporation, granted $77,350 to produce a collection of 10 traditional bedtime stories in Pitjantjatjara and make them accessible online.

The Indigenous Languages and Arts program invests over $30 million per annum. It aligns with the first pillar of the new National Cultural Policy, Revive, by putting First Nations First.

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