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. Print This Post Media contact: Luke McManus Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: L.McManus@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General Tags: Noongar language, aboriginal languages, braden hill, kulbardi aboriginal centre, kylie bracknell, murdoch univeristy, naidoc, richard walley, steven oliver Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!