Joint Media Release with Minister For the Arts Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
More than $392,000 in funding will go to support two innovative Northern Territory Indigenous language projects, Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, have announced.
“I am pleased to announce that the two projects, both in Alice Springs, have received funding as a result of the Coalition Government’s support for Indigenous languages,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Indigenous Remote Communications Association Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation will receive $197,672 for its IndigiTUBE project to move it from a website-only platform into an app platform available on a range of devices.
“IndigiTUBE is a media platform created by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that facilitates the preservation and passing on of language and culture to future generations, with radio, music, video, oral histories and other digital language resources.
“Funding of $195,271 will also go to Indigenous Community Television Limited for the ICTV PLAY Language Portal Project, which creates an engaging language-focused media platform, allowing users to connect directly to language-specific videos on the ICTV PLAY video streaming service. Dynamic audio and visual cues will encourage intuitive navigation for language speakers, linguists, researchers, teachers and students, allowing for all literacy capabilities.
“These two projects are at the cutting edge of using technology to revive and maintain Indigenous languages in our community.”
Minister Fifield said the Government was delivering on its election commitment to boost the preservation of Indigenous languages by providing $10 million over four years through the Indigenous languages and arts programme.
“This is in addition to $20 million provided annually to support the broader revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and the expression and celebration of Indigenous cultures through art,” Minister Fifield said.
For more information about the programme and to view the full list of funding recipients visit: www.arts.gov.au/ILA