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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School students have named the Australian Antarctic Division's newest icebreaker.
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On International Day for Biological Diversity we acknowledge the links between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages...
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Musical duo Electric Fields shared Aboriginal language with a global audience during Eurovision.
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While journalist Stan Grant is familiar to most Australians, some of you may not know about the legendary work of his father...

Funding programs