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The NSW Government is committed to a 12-month consultation process with Aboriginal communities on their aspirations for a Treaty framework or other formal agreement making process, to be led by three dedicated Commissioners.

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Boost to Aboriginal Language Programs


Aboriginal language projects are to receive a boost with $300,000 in new funding for programs that promote the use of First Nations’ languages.

The Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Program will provide one-off funding and resourcing to Aboriginal community organisations and groups to support them to nurture Aboriginal languages in communities across NSW.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Don Harwin says it’s critical we invest in ensuring our many local languages not only survive but thrive.

“Aboriginal cultures are central to our State’s identity and it’s only through the preservation and nurturing of language that we ensure both our history and our future are enriched through storytelling, Mr Harwin said.

“The Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Program reflects the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to reawakening, growing, nurturing and promoting languages across the state.”

The funding supports eligible, not-for-profit Aboriginal organisations and groups with their language activities, consistent with the objectives of the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 (NSW).

Information sessions will take place in locations across NSW to provide relevant information and advice to eligible applicants.

“I encourage eligible organisations to apply for the funding as they play a critical role in building language proficiency at a community level. Funded projects will be delivered up until June 2021 and the Government will work with organisations to support project delivery.

“The NSW Government is focused on achieving language outcomes and I look forward to the establishment of the Aboriginal Languages Trust Board in 2020 to steer this important work.”

For more information: Aboriginal Languages Community Investments Grants Program 2019/20

MEDIA: Chris Lawrence | Minister Harwin | 0439 434 863

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