Minya Birran: what now for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages?

Minya Birran

State Library is hosting a day for all creatives, educators, community workers and those who work in the GLAM sector to be part of the important conversation about the future of Indigenous language and its place as a human right, while gaining skills and tools to incorporate Indigenous language into your craft.

Nathan Williams, Lauren Ericksen & Harold Ludwick.

Coinciding with International Mother Language Day (21 February 2020), the Minya Birran forum will explore ways to harness the goodwill and energy of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and pose the question of what now?

The day's program is a blend of keynotes with breakout sessions to explore connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in 2020 and beyond.

Highlights

Hosted by Daniel Browning, journalist, radio broadcaster and descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli people. Daniel produces and presents Awaye! on ABC RN.

Keynote by Henrietta Marrie AM, Elder of the Gimuy Walubara clan of the Yidinji people and an advocate for the cultural rights of Indigenous peoples nationally and internationally.

In conversation with Emily Wurramara – ARIA nominated and three-times Queensland Music Award winner. Emily is a singer songwriter in both English and her traditional language Anindilyakwa, from Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory.

Minya Birran Celebration – join us for a free celebration that will feature stories and sounds of Australia’s first languages through song and poetry.

Further details, including the day's program can be found at the State Library's Minya Birran webpage.

Contact details for the Minya Birran event:

To register your interest in attending Minya Birran or the Celebration event, please contact the State Library:

Contact Phone: (07) 3842 9672
Contact Email: slqevents@slq.qld.gov.au

The day should be a great day of conversation, interaction and activation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Desmond Crump

Indigenous Languages Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Webpages

State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Map

Jarjum stories: A kuril dhagun showcase focusing on children’s books and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. 19 October 2019-10 May 2020.

Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages: A major exhibition exploring the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages throughout Queensland. Join in the many talks and events to celebrate the rich and diverse languages spoken today. 21 November 2019 -19 April 2020.

UN IY2019 Links

UN International Year of Indigenous Languages webpages

UN International Year of Indigenous Languages Resources

Weblinks
State Library of Queensland Minya Birran webpage

State Library of Queensland Minya Birran Celebration event webpage

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A Huge thank you to our First Nations Peoples and to the team at State Library Queensland for an amazing and inspiring day of Minya Birran! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to listen and share knowledge of so many great educators. I was most inspired by Rory O'Connors provocation to "Know 10 words". This is a project we had coincidently already started at C&K Banks St Community Kindergarten. The children, staff and families have already learnt and embedded in the program, bigi (sun), and cootha (bee), as taught to us from DJ Sandy from the Yerongpan mob of Yuggera country. As well as the words mirragin (star) and gudum (rain) from the SLQ word lists. We do have a wish list of a few more words we would like to learn in Yugera language. We patiently wait for the opportunity to learn more Indigenous knowledge. We would like to learn words for children/friend, hello/welcome, butterfly and water.

Thanks Sharon Great to hear of your work with DJ Sandy; please email regarding other words. Cheers,Des.