Aboriginal researcher fights for indigenous languages, looks to Maori

An Aboriginal professor says they look to Maori for leadership about how to preserve their indigenous languages.

The situation over the Tasman is dire – their languages are disappearing, Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research at the University of Sydney, Professor Jakelin Troy.

“In Australia our languages are going to sleep,” she said.

“Out of at least 250 languages that we had in Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander languages, currently there are only 13 that are spoken right through.”

Troy, who is from the Ngarigu people of the Snowy Mountains, said she looks to New Zealand’s native people, Maori, for leadership.

“I made a lot of reference to what Maori people have done. Not only to get language going again, but to enshrine it in legislation,” said Troy.

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