Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
The Coalition Government is funding three projects in Solomon through the 2018-19 Indigenous Languages and Arts programme funding round, Minister for the Arts Senator Mitch Fifield, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, announced today.
“While Michael Gunner and Territory Labor continue to neglect Indigenous languages and rip money out of remote Aboriginal communities, the CLP will always ensure these vital services that keep people connected to their culture and country can be delivered.
“It’s great to see the good work of Territory organisations recognised by the federal Government with Charles Darwin University set to receive funding of $140,868,” Senator Scullion said.
Mrs Ganley said CDU has received funding for two projects to help revitalise Indigenous languages in the NT.
“Firstly, we are providing funding of $63,441 for 10 travel scholarships at the Australian Indigenous Languages Institute for participants to undertake the Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics. The focus being linguistic skills and knowledge for appropriate and culturally sensitive language documentation, maintenance and language recovery and revitalisation. This investment will significantly benefit Indigenous and non-Indigenous Territorians by enabling effective participation in, and equitable engagement between, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language cultures and the broader Australian community,” Mrs Ganley said.
“Secondly, $77,427 will be invested to build a website to collate and structure the digital resources collection of the Warramiri clan from Elcho Island, which will preserve important history.”
“Most exciting, a Darwin company AI Remote Pty Ltd will receive funding of $200,000 for the Wubuy mari Wungubal Project, which will support the production of four documentaries of traditional music and dance in the Numbulwar community.
“These projects demonstrate the great skills of the organisations based here in Darwin. These projects will ensure we can all benefit from our rich local culture into the future,” Mrs Ganley said.
Minister Fifield said “Arts and language play an essential role in the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities. These funds will help create Indigenous art and preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories for current and future generations.”
For more information about the program and to view the full list of funding recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/ILA