NAIDOC Week: Our Languages Matter

19 June 2017

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2017 is Our Languages Matter. This year's theme 'aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song'.*

It has been recorded that 250 distinct Indigenous language groups consisting of several dialects within each group once covered the Australian continent. Today, only 120 of those languages are being spoken with the risk of being lost when Indigenous Elders of the group pass on.*

According to National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair Anne Martin, “Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything: law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food.

“Each language is associated with an area of land and has a deep spiritual significance and it is through their own languages, that Indigenous nations maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law,” Ms Martin said.

To celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, and to recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians have made to our community, Willagee Community Centre will host this year's NAIDOC week celebrations with traditional song and dance performances by the legendary Dave Pigram and the local Aboriginal dance group, with traditional catering by Bindi Bindi Dreaming.

No Alcohol permitted.

Date: Saturday, 8 July 2017

Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Venue: Willagee Community Centre, corner of Winnacott and Archibald Street, Willagee

RSVP: Tuesday, 4 July 2017 to

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