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NAIDOC - Our Languages Matter - 29 June 2017 Stream 1 - 13:00

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NAIDOC - Our Languages Matter


Classifications: Enabled

Provider: Australian Museum



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Date: 29 June 2017

Start Time: 13:00

End Time: 1.45pm

Duration: 45mins

Closing Date: Bookings Close 23-Jun-2017

Availability: DEC and Non-DEC

DEC Positions: 2

Non-DEC Positions: 2

Price: DEC Schools FREE - non DEC schools = $99

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KLA Keyword/s: HT3-3 HT3-4 HT3-5


Event Overview: This year the theme for NAIDOC 2017 is ‘Our Languages Matter’ focusing on the importance, richness and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages. Before European settlement there were over 250 unique Aboriginal Language groups with over 600 dialects. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass away.

Language is more than just a means to communicate, it is a way maintaining cultural practice and passing on knowledge to future generations. Europeans could not see the value of Indigenous language and enforced the use of the English language. Aboriginal people were forbidden to speak in their languages, punished, and even removed from their families and traditional land.

This video conference explores the impacts on the loss of Indigenous languages and the importance of language and language revitalization. Students will also learn some words in the Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug Langauges from the local Aboriginal Peoples of the Sydney area.

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