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.

What's new

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A powerful short film which features a shy boy, called Lil Bois (Little Boys), is helping wake the sleeping language of Ngandi.
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‘Music is a singular language for everybody and as long as that beat's going, everybody will move together.’
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On Croker Island, two hundred kilometres northeast of Darwin, work is underway to record and save two critically endangered...
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During the International Year of Indigenous Languages, it is great to see events like the Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival...

Funding programs