Indigenous verse in national anthem considered to preserve Aboriginal languages

The NSW Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Department has been on a statewide roadshow consulting 14 different Indigenous communities on the draft Aboriginal Language Bill.

The landmark legislation is the first of its kind and will set out to promote and protect Aboriginal languages as well as provide legal preservation.

Places that have been consulted so far are Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Moruya, and Lightening Ridge.

About a dozen stakeholders from the New England North West Aboriginal community attended the only consultation in the region in Tamworth.

With at least 35 different Aboriginal languages in New South Wales alone, NSW Aboriginal Affairs senior project officer Reuben Robinson said his team were travelling around the state to get input from as many Indigenous people as possible.

“It’s about our mob providing the vital input and feedback necessary to give more substance and guts to this legislation,” he said.

“It’s about ensuring our cultural integrity, as well as our intellectual, ownership and control rights.”

Read more: ABC News

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