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.

Djaadjawan dancers at the Giiyong festival
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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National Close the Gap Day 2019 marks 10 years of the campaign and International Year for Indigenous Languages is a great time...
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The Australian Government has released an Action Plan as part of its commitment to supporting the preservation, revival,...
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ABC’s Indigenous languages series ‘Word Up’ has broadcast its 100th episode. A great milestone to reach during the...
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In a remote town more than 1,000 kilometres north-east of Perth an Indigenous community is preserving some of the world's...

Funding programs