On Wednesday Uncle Gary Williams and other Aboriginal elders gathered at the Parliament of NSW for the introduction and first reading of the Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017.
The objects of this Bill are:
- to acknowledge that Aboriginal languages are part of the culture and identity of Aboriginal people, and
- to establish an Aboriginal Languages Trust governed by Aboriginal people that will facilitate and support Aboriginal language activities to reawaken, nurture and grow Aboriginal languages, and
- to require the development of a strategic plan for the growth and nurturing of Aboriginal languages.
Uncle Gary Williams gave an Acknowledgment to Country, and Dr Ray Kelly and Barkindji man Murray Butcher spoke and sung in their languages.
This was a significant day for Aboriginal Languages; NSW is leading the way by committing to promote, preserve and support the survival and learning of Aboriginal languages.
You can read the full ABC report here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-11/nsw-passes-unprecedented-laws-to-revive-indigenous-languages/9039746
Access the bill here: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/bills/Pages/bill-details.aspx?pk=3446