Language and art are essential to the wellbeing, culture and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

 

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2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play in people’s daily lives.

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Indigenous Repatriation

The Government supports the repatriation of ancestral remains and secret sacred objects to their communities of origin to help promote healing and reconciliation.

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Funding for Indigenous arts and languages

Funding is available through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program and the Indigenous Languages and Arts program.

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The Indigenous Unit of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has launched a podcast series which provides...
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On the anniversary of United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) a unique group performs an ancient...
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The Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Miriwoong Language and Cultural Centre is developing innovative ways to reawaken languages.
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The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project promotes Noongar culture through language, storytelling, illustration, music,...

Funding programs