NSW Government commitment to Aboriginal languages welcomed

NSW Government commitment to Aboriginal languages welcomed

16 November 2016

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has welcomed the Baird Government's commitment to protect Aboriginal languages through legislation and the establishment of a language centre.

NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See said the protection and further development of Aboriginal languages was an important part of Aboriginal culture and identity.

"Language is a key part of keeping Aboriginal culture strong in New South Wales.

"Being able to speak language helps build resilience, self-esteem and contributes to better outcomes in a range of areas including education, health and healing our people.

"Language allows Elders to continue passing on knowledge to future generations who can become new teachers of culture and language," he said.

Cr Ah-See also acknowledged the commitment by Coalition and Labor governments in New South Wales to protecting and nurturing Aboriginal languages

"In 2004, the Labor Government established New South Wales as a national leader in Aboriginal languages by launching a syllabus for Kindergarten to year 10 students.

"The Baird Government's ongoing commitment to protecting Aboriginal languages is a great outcome for Aboriginal peoples throughout New South Wales.

"The Land Rights network looks forward to being part of the consultation process as the legislation is developed for introduction to the State Parliament."

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