Let’s Talk…Languages

At the time of colonisation there were over 250 distinct Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken across Australia.

Past policies of forced assimilation and the forced separation of children from their families and speaker communities—have severely affected the practice and continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

First Languages maintenance, revitalisation and revival processes can therefore be recognised as important acts of reconciliation.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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