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Learn local place names in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language

Effort: Low | Time: 3 hours

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

  1. Explore the First Languages Australia website to find your local language. There are many learning resources to start your journey.
  2. Use the interactive Gambay language map to find resources specific to your local area.
  3. Contact your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander centre to access resources and language programs.
  4. Use Indigenous language in your day to day conversations, acknowledgement of country and when referring to local place names.   

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