Language & Culture

OCHRE recognises Aboriginal languages and cultures as a unique component of Australia’s heritage. It is a fundamental element of the Aboriginal culture which reaffirms Aboriginal identity, spirituality and connection to Country.

Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests provide a continuous learning pathway for Aboriginal people while recognising the existing language skills and knowledge of Aboriginal community members.

The establishment of the Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests enables Aboriginal people and communities across NSW to reclaim, revitalise and maintain their traditional Aboriginal languages.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs also has responsibilities under the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017. The Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 was assented on 24 October 2017 and acknowledges the significance of First Languages in NSW. For more information please see our future directions page.

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