Advancing the sustainability of Indigenous languages

Welcome

 

RNLD stands alongside Indigenous people who know there is a strong link between their language work and community resilience, health, wellbeing and cultural identity. We support the sustainability of Indigenous Languages and Indigenous peoples’ ownership of their language documentation and revitalisation. We are responsive to community need, and offer training, advocacy, networking, professional development and information sharing.

 

NOTE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors to this website are advised that it may contain names and images of people who have passed away.

 

Resources & activities

On this site, you will find a wide range of resources to support the documentation and revitalisation of Indigenous languages. We hope you find them helpful in your language work. To use our resources and to learn more about us and our activities, please choose from the menu items above.

 

Donate to our work

ACNCRNLD relies on grants and donations to carry out our projects and to support the community members who take part in our DRIL training workshops. Please click the yellow DONATE button at the top of the page if you would like to donate and financially support the work that RNLD does. RNLD has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office and donations over $2 are tax deductible. All sponsors are acknowledged on our Donations Page and in our publications.

 

Highlights

 

Each month we highlight recent training workshops run by our Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training program.

RNLD trainer Amy kicked off the 2020 financial year in sunny QLD over 17-22 July, running separate training workshops with Aaron (Pitta Pitta) and Sandra (Jandai) in Brisbane, and presenting at the Minjerribah Languages Forum, at Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). 

Aaron’s workshop focused on translating a large part of his presentation for the Minjerribah Languages Forum into Pitta Pitta. This was a huge job, which required learning new and complex grammatical constructions like purposives, causatives, and subordinate clauses. Watching Aaron introduce himself and then talk about his language journey in Pitta Pitta at the forum was such a wonderful experience, and his talk touched the hearts of everyone lucky enough to see it.

Sandra’s language expertise was also on show at the forum, not only presenting in her Jandai language on Jandai Country, but having “decolonised” and translated the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” into a beautiful Jandai version which was sung by Mayor Karen Williams.  Sandra organised the language forum on behalf of QYAC (Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation), and the day was a huge success, with speakers from Gidarjil Central Queensland Languages Centre, Yugambeh Museum, First Languages Australia, and the University of Queensland. It was an honour to present about RNLD amongst such a great line-up, and in such a stunning setting on Quandamooka Country.

After a well-deserved post-forum rest, Sandra was back into language the following Monday, with a workshop focusing on filling gaps in Jandai. This involved poring over multiple accounts of the “Brisbane languages” and starting a comparison of all the documented suffixes in neighbouring and related languages to Jandai. Once complete, this will begin to inform Sandra what some of the suffixes missing from the documentation on Jandai might have been, or how she might look at sound change patterns to reconstruct suffixes for Jandai.

Aaron and Sandra first invited RNLD into their language journeys 4 years ago, and it’s been such a privilege to watch their language skills strengthen so much over this time, and to see the huge impact their work has had on their families and communities. Keep up the amazing work, guys!

       

 

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Racism. It Stops With Me

RNLD is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the "Racism. It Stops With Me" campaign. For more information about the campaign go to itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.

 

RNLD acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and seas of Australia, of elders past and present on whose land we work.