Appendix 4 - Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records program – Funding 2008–09: Social Justice Report 2009

Social Justice Report 2009

Appendix 4: Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records program – Funding 2008–09

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 Australian Government - Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records program 2008–09

The Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records program (MILR) provides funding and support aimed at addressing the steady erosion and loss of Australia’s Indigenous languages. These are estimated to have originally numbered some 250.

Many of the projects that the program supports record and document the last remaining speakers, so that a language can be retained and passed on to future generations.

To aid the maintenance and revival of these languages, the program funds community based projects among language groups, supports research into language, and aids the development and coordination of language resources.

The work being done includes language centres, projects that ensure language is transmitted from generation to generation, production of language materials and resources, language recordings, development of databases, and coordination between language organisations.

Some of the projects are key national pilot programs to build on emerging trends and develop and test new language initiatives.

Demand for MILR funding is very competitive: in the 2008–09 funding round 104 applications sought more than $18 million in funding, and 66 projects were supported with $8.8 million.

The projects that are funded have been assessed in accordance with the MILR program guidelines.

MILR’s contribution to the maintenance of Indigenous languages is helping build a strong and sustainable Indigenous languages environment in Australia.

Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records – Funding 2008–09

Projects approved for funding for 2008–09 by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts as part of the whole of government Indigenous funding round.

New South Wales
Location
Organisation
Project Description
Funding
ARMIDALE
Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Armidale
Deliver the Yuwaalaraay Language program to young people at St Joseph’s primary and community members in Walgett.
$89,929
BOGGABILLA
Boggabilla Central School
Re-establish a Gamilaraay Language Program in the Boggabilla Central School.
$40,600
BOURKE
Muda Aboriginal Corporation
Teach the Wangkumarra language and develop language resource materials at the Muda Language Centre.
$139,562
BOURKE
Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation
Teach the Yuwaalaraay/ Murrawarri languages to students and community members in Goodooga.
$22,716
CANBERRA
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Continue with the online Language Community Access Pilot project by trialling the use of the Internet to exchange audiovisual documentation of Indigenous languages and cultures between AIATSIS and language speakers and descendants.
$234,300
CANBERRA
Rudder, John
Develop a comprehensive grammar of the Wiradjuri language.
$95,000
FORBES
Yoorana Gunya Family Violence Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation
Teach Wiradjuri language and produce language resources for school students and community members at Forbes.
$92,365
GRIFFITH
Griffith Wiradjuri Aboriginal Preschool
Increase the use of Wiradjuri in preschool children and their families and community in the Griffith region.
$27,779
LIGHTNING RIDGE
Barriekneal Housing and Community
Provide support for teaching Gamilaraay-Yuwaalaraay for all K-6 students at Lightning Ridge Central School.
$39,000
MORUYA
Cobowra Local Aboriginal Land Council
Support the Dhurga Language program in the Eurobodalla Shire area.
$35,100
NAMBUCCA HEADS
Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative
Operate a regional language centre that facilitates language revival supporting students, language workers and community members in the Many Rivers Region.
$249,810
NAMBUCCA HEADS
Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative
Revitalise, reclaim and maintain the Aboriginal languages with schools and community groups on the mid north coast and interior of NSW.
$230,630
NEWCASTLE
Arwarbukarl Cultural Resource Association
Develop innovative IT resources, language materials for organisations and skills of language workers nationally and locally.
$344,960
ORANGE
Orange Aboriginal Land Council
Support the community to revive, relearn and maintain the local Wiradjuri language in Orange.
$35,000
SYDNEY
Biambul Indigenous Language Business Institute
Maintain core services and operational requirements of the language centre for Indigenous and non Indigenous people in the greater Sydney area.
$93,949
SYDNEY
Biambul Indigenous Language Business Institute
Develop and produce programs for airing on Koori Radio on NSW Indigenous Languages for listeners of Greater Sydney.
$15,100
WALGETT
Dharriwaa Elders Group
Increase the use of the Yuwaalaraay/ Gamilaraay languages in the Walgett community.
$96,000

Northern Territory
Location
Organisation
Project Description
Funding
ALICE SPRINGS
Institute for Aboriginal Development
Support IAD Press’s publishing contribution to the restoration and maintenance of and promotion and advocacy for Indigenous languages in Australia.
$103,899
ALICE SPRINGS
Institute for Aboriginal Development
Record the languages and produce documents/ resources that can assist in maintaining Indigenous languages in the region covering Docker River, Areyonga, Mutitjulu, Willora, Neutral Junction, Haast’s Bluff, Ntaria, Utopia, Imanpa, Ltyentye Apurte, Arltarlpilta and Titkikala.
$127,682
BATCHELOR
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Develop teaching resources for language preservation and maintenance by the Wadeye community, targeting Marri Amu, Merri Tjevin, Magati Ke, Marri Ngarr, and Murrinh Patha languages.
$212,246
BORROLOOLA
Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Centre
Record and document the Garrawar, Yanyula, Mara and Gurdanji languages of the Borroloola region.
$147,175
DARWIN
East Arnhem Shire Council
Provide a digital cultural archive service and multi-media production centre at Yirrkala, Arnhem Land.
$50,000
DARWIN
Northern Territory Library
Support the maintenance of the Warlpiri and Tiwi Language through the development of appropriate bilingual early literacy resources.
$69,720
DARWIN
West Arnhem Shire Council
Record, document, transcribe, translate and archive and develop publications in the Iwaidja language.
$157,450
DARWIN
West Arnhem Shire Council
Record, document, transcribe, translate and archive the Kunwinjku language.
$50,851
KATHERINE
Diwurruwurru-Jaru Aboriginal Corporation
Support the operations of the Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre to facilitate language maintenance, revitalisation and documenting of activities.
$292,900
KATHERINE
Diwurruwurru-Jaru Aboriginal Corporation
Document and preserve the endangered languages of the Katherine region including the Mara endangered language.
$242,000
KATHERINE
Diwurruwurru-Jaru Aboriginal Corporation
Conduct a feasibility study in the Victoria River District to scope the potential for language maintenance and revitalisation activities in the Kalkarindji, Daguragu, Yarralin, Pigeon Hole and Timber Creek region.
$13,500
NHULUNBUY
Yothu Yindi Foundation
Encourage the practice, preservation and maintenance of Yolngu Matha, which incorporates over forty languages spoken by people of Arnhem Land and to share this at the Key Forum at the Garma Festival of Traditional Culture.
$60,000
TENNANT CREEK
Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation
Provide operational funding for maintenance of languages within the Barkly region.
$310,030
WINNELLIE
Aboriginal Resource and Development Services
Record and preserve the endangered Dhangu/ Djangu language including the dialects of Galpu, Wangurri, Warramirri and clan languages of Golumala, Datiwuy, Ngaymil and Rirratjingu.
$67,925
WINNELLIE
Aboriginal Resource and Development Services
Revitalise and preserve the critically endangered language of Gurrangay Matha, which is the academic/ technical language of the Yolngu clan groups of North East Arnhem Land.
$70,000
WINNELLIE
Aboriginal Resource and Development Services
Document and further develop an English to Yolngu Matha (Dhuwal) language electronic dictionary.
$33,000

Queensland
Location
Organisation
Project Description
Funding
BEENLEIGH
Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture
Document and record Indigenous languages through community language teams in Mitchell, Cunnamulla, Dirranbandi and Yugambeh.
$122,500
BUNDABERG
Gidarjil Development Corporation
Establish a Regional Indigenous Languages Centre to coordinate the revival and maintenance of endangered Aboriginal Languages in the Central Queensland region.
$100,000
CAIRNS
North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Languages Centre
Maintain and record community language groups, in the region from Mossman in the north, south to Sarina and west to Richmond.
$270,500
CAPE YORK
Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council
Promote and maintain the Mungkan and Thayorre languages of Pompuraaw and surrounding outstations.
$32,400
HERVEY BAY
Korrawinga Aboriginal Corporation
Coordinate the revival and maintenance of the Butchulla Language for students and adults in the Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast areas of Central Queensland.
$110,000
MORNINGTON ISLAND
Woomera Aboriginal Corporation
Teach and ensure intergenerational transmission of the Lardil and Kaiadilt languages on Mornington Island.
$53,500
ROCKHAMPTON
Saima Torres Strait Islander Corporation
Facilitate and revive Kala Lagua Ya, Meriam Mir, Kala Kawaw Ya, Kriol and Kulkagal dialects through language workshops and classes.
$41,176
SOUTH BRISBANE
Library Board of Queensland
Support community language projects and workers through training, resource development and coordination of networking between stakeholders to provide strategic planning for Queensland languages.
$166,000

South Australia
Location
Organisation
Project Description
Funding
ADELAIDE
Adelaide Research and Innovation
Produce bilingual publications, through working with elders and translated recordings, to assist the maintenance of the Nyangumarta language of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
$73,170
CEDUNA
Tjutjunaku Worka Tjuta
Facilitate community based activities that focus on the teaching and learning of Indigenous languages pertinent to the West Coast region.
$44,000
MAITLAND
Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association
Facilitate community based activities that focus on the teaching and learning of the Narungga language of the Yorke Peninsula region.
$93,380
MURRAY BRIDGE
Department of Employment Training and Further Education
Write and pilot a TAFE-accredited course which trains Indigenous adults to teach their language to others in family, community and school situations.
$87,200
PORT AUGUSTA
Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association
Promote awareness and use of twenty key Aboriginal languages of northern SA through weekly radio broadcasts in language prepared with community speakers.
$27,500
YALATA
Yalata Community Incorporated
Increase the use and importance of Pitjantjatjara in Yalata community by providing a structured language course and training in Pitjantjatjara literacy.
$30,603

Victoria
Location
Organisation
Project Description
Funding
MELBOURNE
Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages
Provide support for Indigenous languages nationally to facilitate the revival and maintenance of Indigenous languages in Australia.
$361,899
MELBOURNE
Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
Conduct state wide and community-based Indigenous language programs in Victoria which retrieve, document and revive Victorian Indigenous languages.
$532,840

Western Australia
Location
Organisation
Project Description
Funding
BATCHELOR
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Support the Noongar language revival and retrieval in the region by collecting, collating and publishing Noongar language resources.
$299,000
BROOME
Madjulla Incorporated
Continue support for the Nyikina language in the Derby region.
$50,750
GERALDTON
Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation
Provide a regional language service to assist the revitalisation, renewal and maintenance of Indigenous languages in the Midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions.
$253,445
GERALDTON
Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation
A project specialising in the endangered languages of the Midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions.
$125,665
HALLS CREEK
Kimberley Language Resource Centre
Maintain an Indigenous Language Program in the Kimberley Region in Halls Creek.
$440,358
HALLS CREEK
Kimberley Language Resource Centre
A project in the Halls Creek community that supports intergenerational transfer of ethnobiological knowledge in language.
$70,000
KUNUNURRA
Mirima Council Aboriginal Corporation
Deliver language maintenance services to Miriwoong and Gajirrawoong people across the Kununurra region in the East Kimberley.
$186,373
KUNUNURRA
Mirima Council Aboriginal Corporation
Further develop the Miriwoong dictionary through community involvement of Miriwoong speaking people from the East Kimberley region.
$40,508
NEWMAN
Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation
Support the Martu language revival and retrieval in the region by collecting, collating and publishing Martu language resources.
$66,800
ROEBOURNE
Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation
Document and record the Yindibarndi language, and generate materials for teaching the language to Yindibarndi people in the Pilbara.
$70,000
SOUTH PORT HEDLAND
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre
Record and archive the Kurama, Tharrkari and Nhuwala languages of the Pilbara region.
$197,740
SOUTH PORT HEDLAND
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre
Conduct a state conference for Indigenous Language Centres throughout Western Australia to facilitate sharing of knowledge and best practices.
$45,000
SOUTH PORT HEDLAND
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre
Support the operations of an Aboriginal Language Centre at South Hedland for the benefit of Indigenous people in the Pilbara region.
$286,559
SOUTH PORT HEDLAND
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre
Provide language services to the people of Nullagine, Punmu and Parngurr Aboriginal communities in the Western Desert region.
$147,500
SOUTH PORT HEDLAND
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre
Record and revitalise the Ngarluma language of the Pilbara region, through the production of a series of short films.
$15,000
SOUTH PORT HEDLAND
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre
Preserve the Aboriginal languages of the Goldfields, Central and Western Desert regions.
$144,456

Tasmania
Location
Organisation
Project Description
Funding
HOBART
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre
Revive, record, maintain and promote Tasmanian Aboriginal languages, in particular Palawa Kani.
$290,000

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