I cant stand by and watch Indigenous languages perish because of indifference and the perversity of policy.
Australian and International research in linguistics, cognitive psychology and education convincingly demonstrate that the strength and confidence necessary for Indigenous first language learners to achieve in mainstream education rests squarely on cultural competence in the first language (Cole, M. (1975); Lyster, R.; Mori, H. (2006). This affirmation of the necessity of bilingual, bicultural and bimodal education – supporting the unyielding claims of Indigenous people themselves, is based on overwhelming evidence.
The key problem is the Australian government, their perverse corporate masters, and their education policy. The Commonwealth, and especially the Northern Territory government, continue to deny N.T Indigenous people, and more widely across the north of Australia, adequate and easy access to languages and homelands support and funding. (Quietly “empty” the homelands, ‘closing the gap’, ‘assimilation’- extinction, [for]- frack, and gas, and cattle and mine)
Let me be the first to do something. Got to keep the dream machine turned on. In an unprecedented move to fund our YSL online project for kids in school, I will offer my private copies of the Yan-nhaŋu Atlas and Illustrated Dictionary of the Crocodile Islands and the magnificent Maypal, Mayali’ ga Wäŋa, available for purchase. In exchange for money, I will give the Atlas, or Maypal, to those who would like to own one. There are only a few left so, be quick.
Details at https://www.yolngusignlanguage.com.au/