First Languages Australia has been recently incorporated, with a charter to advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Australia. Through working with a broad range of government and non-government departments and organisations, First Languages Australia aims to provide a collaborative link between communities and those organisations charged with serving them.
Bunjilaka is the Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum, a venue of Museum Victoria. The name Bunjilaka is derived from the word 'Bunjil' (Boon wurrung and Woi wurrung language). Bunjil was a significant Creation Ancestor for most of Victoria's Aboriginal language groups; 'Aka' means land or place.
The Miromaa Aboriginal Language and Technology Centre website brings together all aspects which Arwarbukarl CRA (ACRA) has been involved with over the years in using technology to help us reclaim, preserve, and maintain our traditional languages.
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is the world's premier institution for information and research about the cultures and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records program supports the revival and maintenance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages as living systems of knowledge shared by communities and passed down from generation to generation.
Program funding supports the recording and transcription of Indigenous languages, the development of language teaching materials such as dictionaries and wordlists, CDs of songs in language and the development of data bases and supportive links between language promoters.
The Indigenous Language Institute (ILI) facilitates innovative, successful community-based initiatives for language revitalization through collaboration with other appropriate groups, organizations and individuals and promotes public awareness of the importance of Indigenous language preservation.
The Maori Language Commission aims to: empower iwi Maori to maintain and generate development amongst their communities, maintain and improve the quality of te Reo Maori, increase the number of people using te Reo Maori by increasing the opportunities to learn, the maintenance and dissemination of Maori language resources and corpus, increase the rate of language development so that te Reo Maori can keep pace with technological development, foster positive attitudes towards te Reo Maori by all New Zealanders, and increase the number of situations where Maori is used.
For over 60,000 years, the Indigenous people of south-eastern Australia have been living a culture unlike any other in Australia or the world. The Koorie Heritage Trust Inc provides a powerful, informative and fascinating insight into this ancient but contemporary culture!
Aboriginal Affairs Victoria (AAV) is the Victorian Government's central point of advice on all aspects of Aboriginal affairs in Victoria. This policy advice may relate to services provided by other State Government agencies, Commonwealth departments, or to services delivered within the Aboriginal community. AAV is often the first point of call by members of the Aboriginal community and its organisations requiring information on a wide range of issues.
The Traditional Knowledge Recording Project was developed from the aspirations of Indigenous Elders, to preserve and recognise Traditional Indigenous Knowledge. Opportunities to preserve and value Indigenous Traditional Knowledge are endangered by the range of problems within our Environment and Communities today. Avenues for the preservation of Traditional Knowledge are fading and are at risk of being lost altogether. Loss of Traditional knowledge will result in a decline of Indigenous Identity and a severe reduction in the recognition and understanding of an invaluable Sustainable Knowledge System. TKRP is endeavouring to rescue this knowledge, for the benefit of Community and Country, before it is too late.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia is the national community legal centre for the arts. Arts Law is a not for profit company limited by guarantee which was established with the support of the Australia Council in 1983 to provide specialised legal and business advice and referral services, professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organisations.
The UNESCO Endangered Languages Programme has as its mission to promote and safeguard endangered languages and linguistic diversity as an essential part of the living heritage of humanity.
The Register of Geographic Names, VICNAMES, holds more than 190,000 road and place names including landscape features such as mountains and rivers, bounded localities such as suburbs, towns, cities and regions, and physical infrastructure such as roads, reserves and schools.
The Foundation for Endangered Languages aims to: raise awareness of endangered languages, both inside and outside the communities where they are spoken, through all channels and media; support the use of endangered languages in all contexts: at home, in education, in the media, and in social, cultural and economic life; monitor linguistic policies and practices; support the documentation of endangered languages, by offering financial assistance, training, or facilities for the publication of results; collect together and make available information of use in the preservation of endangered languages; and disseminate information on all of the above activities as widely as possible.
Information on Indigenous Languages of Victoria: Revival and Reclamation. The accreditation period for Units 1 and 2 commenced on 1st January 2004 and the accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 commenced on 1st January 2005.
Through the work of our correspondents in every State and Territory, the Koori Mail is helping to document the contemporary experience of Indigenous Australia, as well as reinforcing and reminding all Australians that 'White Australia has a Black History'. Every fortnight we print news, images and views of particular interest to Aborigines and Torres Strait Island people, and non-Indigenous people interested in Indigenous affairs.