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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Centre will help save languages

Story courtesy Koori Mail

AN Indigenous language centre aiming to preserve languages across the Barkly region of the Northern Territory has opened in Tennant Creek.

The Papulu Apparr-Kari Indigenous Language Centre has been funded to coordinate language activities and projects across the Barkly, including the documentation and translation and teaching of languages and development of language resources.

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion congratulated Papulu Apparr-Kari on the official opening of its centre.

"The construction of this new building was made possible by a $3.14 million investment from the NT Aboriginals Benefit Account and will support the preservation of Indigenous language and promote the maintenance of Indigenous culture across the region," he said.

Senator Scullion said the centre has been built to meet the current business needs and the future expansion of Papulu Apparr-Kari.

"To support the significant work of this language centre in recording and preserving the cultural heritage and knowledge of the Barkly region's many Aboriginal languages, this new building has a temperature controlled room for storing language, cultural and media artefacts as well as a library to keep important information on local language and cultural groups that could otherwise be lost," he said.

"I am particularly pleased that 75% of the on-site workforce for the construction of this building were local Aboriginal people.

"In addition to having local Indigenous workforce participation, a number of local businesses were also involved in the construction of this centre, including Aboriginal owned businesses from Tennant Creek."


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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Poetry and more on the program

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

THE Yala Gari poetic language and storytelling program is returning for another year, offering Year 6 students from Alexandria Park community schools and nearby Green Square in Sydney the opportunity to create, record, publish and exhibit poetry.

Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi poet Lorna Munro is teaming up with her brother Lyall to lead the workshops, encouraging the students to explore connection to country, culture and language through poetry, music, digital media and visual arts.

At last year’s Yala Gari program, Ms Munro created poetic works with students, that were then featured on banners around Redfern in celebration of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Our Languages Matter’.

Red Room Poetry is running Yala Gari as part of its Poetic Moments program, which artistic director Tamryn Bennett said exposes audiences to poetry in unexpected places.

“Celebrating first languages and culture through poetry has been incredibly empowering for our poets and the Redfern community,” she said.

“Expanding the Yala Gari program in 2017 will continue to encourage and respect first languages through poetic artworks in the public arena.”

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