Minya Birrañ: what now for Indigenous languages?

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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.

Coinciding with International Mother Language Day, the 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?



  • 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. 
  • Des Crump,  Indigenous Languages Coordinator, State Library of Queensland and founder of Dhinawun Consultancy.
  • Minya Birran Celebration – join us for a free celebration that will feature stories and sounds of Australia’s first languages through song and poetry. 


Minya Birrañ means what now in local Yuggera language

Supported by Queensland Library Foundation.


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Registration from 8am

Arrival tea and coffee on the Queensland Terrace

9am Acknowledgement of Country performed by Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Company

Keynote speaker: Associate Professor Henrietta Marrie AM

How Indigenous languages hold the key to maintaining cultural and biological diversity

10–10.20am Morning tea
10.30–11.15am State Library Gidjirrigaa: Hosted by Des Crump and State Library team

Tours, tips and 42 kilometres of treasure: presented by State Library Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content specialists 

12.15–1pm Lunch on the Queensland Terrace
1–2pm Panel discussion: Connecting with Indigenous languages in 2020 and beyond


  • The collection in action: a panel discussion chaired by Des Crump

  • Language Owners leading our language program hosted by Tahlia O'Brien

  • Continuation of oral history through song hosted by Deline Briscoe

  • Spoken Exhibition Curator Tour

3pm Afternoon tea


  • Indigenous inspired cooking: coolamon to kitchen hosted by Platters on Willow

  • Learning vs Acquisition: The path to sustainable language revival in Aboriginal Australia hosted by Shaun Davies
  • Sharing language through creative education hosted by Deline Briscoe 
  • Spoken Exhibition Curator Tour hosted by Des Crump

In conversation with Emily Wurramara & performance

5–7.30pm Minya Birran celebration — song and poetry in language


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