Fund­ing boost for lan­guage re­vival

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Two Pil­bara projects have re­ceived a cut of $11.9 mil­lion in Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing to boost in­dige­nous lan­guages.

Du­rack MP Melissa Price said the fund­ing would be a ma­jor boost for the re­gion.

“$600,000 will be pro­vided to sup­port the ad­min­is­tra­tion of an In­dige­nous Lan­guage Cen­tre in the Pil­bara, to un­der­take a range of lan­guage re­vival and main­te­nance ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

“Over $340,000 will be pro­vided to sup­port Ju­luwarlu Group Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion to de­liver lan­guage re­vival ac­tiv­i­ties and to pro­vide tran­si­tional ar­range­ment for in­dige­nous lan­guage work­ers.

“These projects will pro­vide im­por­tant sup­port for in­dige­nous lan­guages in the re­gions.”

The fund­ing comes from the In­dige­nous Lan­guages and Arts pro­gram to sup­port com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to ad­dress the loss of in­dige­nous lan­guages across Aus­tralia.

Ju­luwarlu Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion has spent many years record­ing Yind­jibarndi and Roe­bourne history and lan­guage.

Yind­jibarndi Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Wood­ley said this would al­low Ju­luwarlu to con­tinue the work they had been do­ing for the past 15 years.

“In the past 18 months the gov­ern­ment has been in­di­cat­ing wide­spread fund­ing cuts mak­ing it harder to fund projects, so to re­ceive this is fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“This is a big deal in terms of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s longevity.

“We do this purely be­cause we don’t want our cul­ture to di­min­ish.”

Mr Wood­ley said the fund­ing showed the gov­ern­ment val­ued their work to pre­serve Yind­jibarndi history. “We’re still work­ing on more Yind­jibarndi coun­try books and also on com­plet­ing our Yind­jibarndi lan­guage dic­tionary,” he said.

Funded ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude mul­ti­me­dia pro­grams, cat­a­logu­ing and digi­tis­ing lan­guage ma­te­rial, the pro­duc­tion of sto­ries, a lan­guage con­fer­ence, de­vel­op­ment of dic­tionar­ies and other lan­guage re­sources, online lan­guage lessons and news in lan­guages.

Ms Price said the fund­ing would also en­able in­dige­nous lan­guage cen­tres and ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­dige­nous lan­guage work­ers.

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