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Pass it On: Preserving Australian Indigenous Languages – NAIDOC [Melbourne]

Pass it On: Preserving Australian Indigenous Languages - NAIDOC [Melbourne]

Ticketing Information



Tuesday July 9, 2019 - 6:15 PM


The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000



Dave Childs & Benji Hoopmann

Language/ Cultural Consultant:


About the Show

‘Budgerigar’, ‘quandong’, ‘Torana’, ‘Canberra’ – there are many Aboriginal words in everyday use by both non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australians. What do we gain from knowing and learning First Nations words? And how can we embed more traditional language into the daily lives of all Australians?

At least 250 Indigenous Australian languages were spoken on this continent in 1788. Today only around 120 Indigenous languages are spoken in homes and most of these are considered endangered. For many years, elders have been working hard to document, share and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages across the country. But in the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages there’s an especially strong momentum building around this issue.

In this conversation, hosted by Daniel Browning, our panellists including Kelrick Martin, Aaron Fa’aoso, Aunty Lee Healy and Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir will discuss campaigns across the country to revitalise Indigenous languages. They’ll talk about the beauty and knowledge contained within traditional languages – and the efforts to preserve them.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

This event will be live-streamed. Sign up for reminders below.