The languages of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are recognised as the cornerstone of indigenous cultural heritage, but suffer under pressures felt by many other threatened linguistic groups around the world.
For Australia’s Indigenous people, languages are inextricably linked to cultural and spiritual identity. Recognition of languages is helping to retain and restore pride in an ancient culture, and boost determination to preserve what can be saved for the enrichment of future generations.
Language holds the key to our people’s history, through songs, legends, poetry and lore. It opens the way to cultural and spiritual understanding.
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