Indigenous Languages Grants

The importance of language

Language is central to identity and connects people to culture, country and kin. Language is also critical to sharing and preserving cultural knowledge and understanding.

With very few fluent speakers remaining, many languages could easily be lost in the next few decades. The loss of language means the loss of cultural heritage that incorporates unique ways of knowing and experiencing the world.

Ensuring children learn Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages is an integral part of preservation—as the leaders of tomorrow, they will be responsible for carrying languages and culture forward into the future.

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