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NSW announces grants as part of inaugural Aboriginal Languages Week

Zak Kirkup -

Aboriginal communities in New South Wales are being rallied to celebrate and spotlight their unique languages during the inaugural Aboriginal Languages Week this October.

The commemorative event will be backed by a $250,000 grants program, which is administered by the Aboriginal Languages Trust.

The annual week-long observance will be marked each year to coincide with the passing of Aboriginal Languages legislation in 2017.

When introduced by the former Berejiklian government it was the first law in the country to formally recognise and prioritise Indigenous language.

NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty, David Harris, commended the work of Aboriginal groups in keeping ancestral language a central part of their culture.

"Aboriginal Communities work tirelessly to keep their languages alive, and the NSW Government is proud to support them in their endeavours." he said.

This new grants round follows a previous announcement of $3.9 million in grants by the Minister and Trust to support language revitalisation.

Among the recipients, the Gujaga Foundation Limited received $60,000 to continue its work in training Aboriginal community members to be Dharawal Language and Culture tutors in schools.

During a recent visit to the La Perouse Aboriginal Community, the Minister expressed excitement at witnessing the younger generation learning and speaking Dharawal at the Gujaga pre-school and La Perouse public school.

"That joy will be continued with Gujaga Foundation recently securing a NSW Government grant to continue this teaching of the Dharawal language to the next generations," he said.

"It is these stories of hope and commitment we want to celebrate with these Aboriginal Languages Week grants and I encourage community organisations to apply."

As part of the Aboriginal Languages Week, community organisations have the opportunity to apply for grants up to $5000 to deliver language-centric events and activities from 22 to 29 October 2023.

The deadline for applications is 23 August 2023.

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