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Say G'day

By Administrator | 21 April 2021

Flyer for the Say G'day initiative

Flyer for the Say G'day initiative

State Library of Queensland, in partnership with Yugambeh Museum Language & Heritage Research Centre, language centres and other community language groups has developed the Say g’day in an Indigenous Language initiative for NAIDOC Week 2014. We’re excited about this initiative and invite language groups and community organisations throughout Queensland to get on board and Say g’day.

Say g’day in an Indigenous language!

For one week from 6-13 July 2014, State Library would like to encourage Queenslanders to “say g’day” in their local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language.

Say G'day wordle.

Say G'day wordle.

To help raise awareness and promote Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, we are inviting schools, organisations, communities and individuals to learn how to say “g’day” or “hello” in their local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language and use it during the week. State Library and Yugambeh Museum, Language & Heritage Research Centre will be posting online resources including some greetings in Indigenous languages online for reference and use in communities.

Say G'day Flyer - Page 2.

Say G'day Flyer - Page 2.

How your community group can be involved in Say G'day!

The Say G’day campaign aims to promote awareness of local languages and encourage local community members to find out more about the local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. Here are some ideas and talking points to consider when promoting language in your community:

  • Find the word for "Good Day" or “hello” in your local language
  • Are there other words for “hello”, “greetings”, “welcome”, and “how are you”?
  • Identify the traditional language/dialects of the local area
  • Discuss other language groups represented in the community
  • What is the state of language in the community – is it strong, is it being revived?
  • Identify language knowledge in the community – are there speakers, custodians of language? Are they willing/ available to be language ambassadors and be involved in the Say g’day campaign?
  • Highlight any traditional words still used in/by the local community
  • Are there any existing recordings or collections of language/words from the community?
  • How can the broader community support language revival in the community?
  • Research local/traditional language words for geographical locations, natural landmarks, placenames, etc.
  • Are there oral histories, creation stories associated with the local area or particular landmarks?
  • Find and collect any additional materials and resources for your local language – locally, regionally and nationally (e.g. historical societies, cultural organisations, SLQ, AIATSIS, etc.) where people can pursue further research
  • Map the languages in the community – languages, dialects, shared words, new words, etc.
  • Create an Indigenous map of the local area/region.

Have a great week and don't forget to "say g'day"!


For more ideas and resources to support your language activities during the 'say g'day' campaign, visit the following websites.


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