Lan­guage not to be lost

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Jes­sica War­riner

NAIDOC Week is fast ap­proach­ing and there will be a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing around town to cel­e­brate Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture.

The 2017 theme is Our Lan­guages Mat­ter, aim­ing to em­pha­sise and cel­e­brate the unique and es­sen­tial role than in­dige­nous lan­guages play in cul­tural iden­tity, link­ing peo­ple to their land and wa­ter.

They also help with the trans­mis­sion of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der his­tory, spir­i­tu­al­ity and rites through story and song.

Naidoc es­ti­mates 120 in­dige­nous lan­guages are spo­ken across Aus­tralia, with many at risk of be­ing lost as Elders pass on.

Com­mit­tee co-chair Ben­jamin Mitchell said he hoped the theme shined a spot­light on the groups work­ing to pre­serve lan­guages. He en­cour­aged all Aus­tralians to no­tice the use of in­dige­nous words in their com­mu­nity to gen­er­ate a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­spect for the sig­nif­i­cance of lo­cal lan­guages.

“Many place names for our sub­urbs, rivers, moun­tains and parks are in­dige­nous words,” he said.

“The preser­va­tion and re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der lan­guages is the preser­va­tion of price­less trea­sure, not just for in­dige­nous peo­ples but for ev­ery­one.” A Naidoc Week chil­dren's arts and crafts event will be held at the South Perth Li­brary from 9am to 11am on July 3 and at Man­ning Li­brary on July 5. Bring your chil­dren along to this free craft work­shop to cel­e­brate the rich and vi­brant in­dige­nous cul­ture. A flag rais­ing cer­e­mony will be held at the flag poles in front of the South Perth Com­mu­nity Hall on July 4 be­tween 10am and 11.30am. The City of South Perth will host a spe­cial event with lin­guist Denise Smith-Ali at South Perth Li­brary on July 11 be­tween 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The City of Bel­mont is host­ing a flag rais­ing cer­e­mony and morn­ing tea on July 3 from 10.30am to noon at the War Memo­rial in Faulkner Park, Cloverdale. Kens­ing­ton PCYC will hold a Naidoc Week event at Ge­orge Street Re­serve on July 6 be­tween 9am and 1pm. There will be a climb­ing wall, sausage siz­zle, arts and craft and an in­dige­nous per­former. In cel­e­bra­tion of Naidoc Week, the com­mu­nity is be­ing in­vited to the Vic­to­ria Park Li­brary for RainForeS­ta­tion Abo­rig­i­nal group's con­tem­po­rary dances on July 7 be­tween 10am and 10.45am. This work­shop is fa­cil­i­tated by a trained ed­u­ca­tional group men­tor who will take you into the land of dream­ing. Jacaranda Com­mu­nity Cen­tre will host a fam­ily fun day at Red­cliffe Park with in­for­ma­tion stalls, a gym bus and more from 11am to 3pm on Tues­day, July 4.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.