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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Indigenous arts and languages. Indigenous arts and languages
‘In the same way the butterfly emerges from the cocoon, we are now witnessing a beautiful renaissance of language through song’...
Indigenous arts and languages. Indigenous arts and languages
Indigenous artist Sid Bruce Short Joe speaks nine Indigenous languages, but the Pormpuraaw Elder says there is one English word...
Indigenous arts and languages. Indigenous arts and languages
During the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages we have brought you a diverse range of inspiring stories, case...
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The project, which has already mapped 683 Indigenous names for plants and animals, is a collaboration between the ALA,...

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