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 contact us if you would like to donate and financially support the work that RNLD does. 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.

In mid November, Amy Parncutt and Andrew Tanner travelled to Newman (WA), where Martu Wangka speakers from all over the Pilbara had gathered for our first ever DRIL workshop in the area, facilitated by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ).

Recently there has been a big push to reintroduce bilingual schooling (English and Martu Wangka) in communities such as Punmu and Jigalong, working alongside the Martu rangers from KJ’s hugely successful Land Management project. A big part of this is reviving reading and writing in Martu Wangka, which hasn’t been taught in schools since the 90s. RNLD trainers went through the sounds and writing system with the group, but when Martu ranger and language teacher Clifton Girgirba showed the group how all Martu Wangka words are made up of a limited number of syllables, it became clear that this might be the best approach to teaching literacy in the community.

On the second day Amy led the group in a session on sketching out what a Martu Wangka school curriculum might look like, and then we set about planning a week’s worth of lessons based on a single on-country trip with elders, harvesting wamurla (bush tomato).

After working a bit more on reading and writing strategies on the third day, we had a big discussion on how the participants would be able to share new skills and knowledge from the workshop with their communities.

It was a huge 3 days not just for the RNLD trainers but also for the Martu group.

 

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RNLD is always looking for volunteers and interns to work with us in our office. Please see our volunteers page for information.

 

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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.