Several projects in Northern Territory have shared in funding of $1.7 million to support work to revive and maintain the Territory’s Indigenous languages, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion said.
“The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education will receive $570,000 for two projects, with the bulk of the funds going to the operation of the Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics to support Community Language Teams to undertake innovative and high quality language projects in Wadeye, Central Australia and Maningrida,” Senator Scullion said.
“The funding will provide support for language documentation through linguistic expertise, project management, strategic planning, collection management and publishing.”
“I am also pleased to announce that $400,000 will go the Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation to support the administration of an Indigenous Language Centre in the Barkly region to undertake a range of activities that will preserve, document and revive the Indigenous languages of the Barkly,” Senator Scullion said.
The funding comes from the Indigenous Languages and Arts programme, with $11.9 million for 2015-16 nationally, announced by Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis.
“Languages and the arts are essential to the wellbeing, culture and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and this funding will play an important role in sustaining and strengthening Indigenous communities,” Senator Brandis said.
The funding, which comes from the languages stream of the Indigenous Languages and Arts programme, will support community driven activities designed to address the erosion and loss of Indigenous languages across Australia.
The Indigenous Languages and Arts program aims to showcase, protect and encourage participation in traditional and contemporary Indigenous artistic expression to strengthen pride in identity and culture through language.
More information about the Indigenous Languages and Arts programme and a full list of funding recipients can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website.
A full list of recipients in Lingiari is attached.
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