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Interagency Partnerships

Partnerships and collaboration are important in reawakening, nurturing and growing Aboriginal languages across NSW.

Aboriginal Affairs has established partnerships with community, agencies and diverse range of other organisations, including the State Library of NSW and Geographical Names Board.

State Library of NSW

The State Library of NSW (including the Mitchell Library) is a large reference and research archive, and library which stands on the Traditional Lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation in Sydney.

As Australia’s oldest library, with its origins dating back to 1826, the Library aims to inform, educate and inspire with the services it provides online, on site and through community outreach.

The Library works in partnership with the public library network to enrich the lives of people and communities across NSW.

Local services are extended by the information services, educational programs and exhibitions provided onsite, online and on tour through the expertise of the State Library’s staff and the strength of its partnerships.

Indigenous Engagement Branch

The Indigenous Engagement Branch at the Library works to share and celebrate stories of Aboriginal NSW, and connect collections and services to Aboriginal communities around the state.

This work involves ongoing consultation with Aboriginal communities, promoting services and programs which reflect Aboriginal social and cultural history, and providing research and family history support for Aboriginal people.

Through the interagency partnership with AA NSW, the Indigenous Engagement Branch is undertaking consultation with regional and remote communities to better inform the ways the Library supports language and culture work, and to ensure communities have the skills and resources they need to care for local collections.

Geographical Names Board

The Aboriginal Languages Act 2017 seeks to promote the reawakening, nurturing and growth of Aboriginal languages across NSW.

The Geographical Names Board is essential in supporting these objectives by promoting wider appreciation and use of Aboriginal Language initiatives such as Aboriginal place names that contribute to the strengthening of Aboriginal identities and relationships.

The Geographical Names Board will increase Aboriginal place names applications, including dual names and help manage offensive naming. This will be done by undertaking workshops and consultations across NSW and empowering community with knowledge of the processes of Aboriginal place naming.

Aboriginal community members are encouraged to send an application form to the Geographical Names Board which is available their website.

The Geographical Names Board will also work collaboratively with the First Languages Team-Community Engagement within Aboriginal Affairs footprint in awakening Aboriginal language through place naming.


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