Celebrating the preservation of local languages

Posted on: 24 December 2019, 9:38pm

A celebration of language preservation was held in Elliott recently with the launch of three books in local dialects.

Honoured guests at the event included Federal Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon, Barkly MLA Gerry McCarthy, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) representatives, Councillor Kris Civitarese, a linguist, Traditional Owners, local language speakers and Papulu-Apparr Kari Aboriginal Corporation staff.
PAK CEO Karan Hayward said it was only fitting the event was held at the Elliott School where the local languages are taught and the books would be a useful resource used on a daily basis.
“The children at the school are some of the best behaved and respectful students we have witnessed and are a credit to the school and community,” she said.
“Thank you Elliott School and the community for your support with the event and showing that languages remain strong in our region.”
One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of the inaugural Mrs Nixon Award for Excellence in Language Preservation.
Mrs Nixon’s son Kevin and other family members presented the award to the Mudburra and Jingili language speaker for the work they have completed.
The award honours Mrs Nixon for her tireless work in preserving the region’s languages and will be awarded annually to language groups which excel in working on their languages.
“Keeping language and education strong is everyone’s business,” said Ms Hayward.

  1. Pak Newspaper 19 12 2019