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Keeping Indigenous languages alive

In the December 11, 2008 edition of Mercy M@tters, readers were alerted to the Northern Territory Government’s decision that the first four hours of education in all NT schools will be in English. The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages have additional information and a petition. Readers are encouraged to read the details of the petition and consider supporting this campaign.

In the December 11, 2008 edition of Mercy M@tters, readers were alerted to the Northern Territory Government’s decision that the first four hours of education in all NT schools will be in English. The article provided information about the issue from different perspectives.

Since then the Institute Justice Co-ordinator has been alerted by a reader to a campaign led by the Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages. The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages is the national peak body for community-based Indigenous Language Programmes in Australia.

The organisation was established in 1991 in response to the Australian Language and Literacy Policy, to promote the maintenance, retrieval and revival of Indigenous languages, through the support of community based language programmes.

The Indigenous Languages Petition calls on the Government to develop a National Indigenous Languages Policy and a National Indigenous Languages Institute. READ AND SIGN THE PETITION HERE.

Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator
Email: Institute.Justice@mercy.org.au