Importance of Indigenous languages celebrated

July 7, 2017

Keeping language alive: Kylie Bracknell is part of a strong movement to save endangered Indigenous languages

The survival and vibrancy of our Aboriginal languages has been celebrated during NAIDOC Week (2-9 July) at Murdoch University.

Over 250 people came to the Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre to hear from respected Noongar elder Richard Walley, Black Comedy's Steven Oliver and Perth born actor and television presenter Kylie Bracknell, who delivered an inspiring presentation on Noongar language.

“Aboriginal languages are vulnerable, either critically or severely endangered,” Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn] said.

“It’s imperative we keep our languages alive – all of us Indigenous or otherwise. They’re an integral part of our culture.”

Braden Hill, Manager of Murdoch University’s Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre said emphasising and rejoicing the unique and essential role Indigenous languages play in our cultural identity is the theme of this year’s NAIDOC celebration.

“There is a strong movement to maintain Indigenous languages across the country, and particularly around here on Noongar country. It is great to be able to showcase some of that work,” Braden said.

Proceeds from the night will fund a scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Murdoch University.

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