In Australia there are more than 250 Indigenous languages including around 800 dialects. Each language is specific to a particular place and people. Languages are living things that connect people to Country, culture and ancestors. Learning local place names is a way to acknowledge and engage with your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and knowledge.
Steps to take action
- Explore the First Languages Australia website to find your local language. There are many learning resources to start your journey.
- Use the interactive Gambay language map to find resources specific to your local area.
- Contact your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander centre to access resources and language programs.
- Use Indigenous language in your day to day conversations, acknowledgement of country and when referring to local place names.