Public Forum 2010: Indigenous Languages in Education -- Do Current Policies Match our Needs?











On 9 September 2010 AuSIL and several partners sponsored a public forum entitled

Indigenous Languages in Education: Do current policies match our needs?

The forum was held in Darwin at Charles Darwin University, with live video links to Alice Springs and Nhulunbuy.

See details of the forum flyer (800 KB pdf)




Gail Williams, a local Larrakia woman, opened the forum.









A first-hand perspective on the issue was provided by Mr. Yunupingu, former principal of
Yirrkala School and lead singer and founder of Yothu Yindi Band.

Photo and link temporarily removed due to the recent passing of Mr. Yunupingu.



Listen to Mr. Yunupingu's comments and Dr. Brian Devlin's presentation of his paper (28MB mp3)  Evidence? Achievement? Performance? Official
data from the MySchool site, Government and
NT Parliament on Model 1 bilingual programs

Download Dr. Brian Devlin's paper (2 MB pdf)


Listen to Prof. Joseph Lo Bianco's presentation (31 MB mp3)


Download Prof. Joseph Lo Bianco's presentation (540 KB pdf)



Listen to the Question and Answer session (14 MB mp3)







Sep 10 Devlin-LoBianco Forum Flyer-3.pdf746.44 KB
Sep 10 Mandawuy intro & Devlin Paper.mp326.88 MB
Sept 10 Lo Bianco Paper.mp329.45 MB
Sept 10 LoBianco Darwin Indig Lgs Policy.pdf541.38 KB
Sept 10 Terry Mills Press Release after MLE forum.pdf15.11 KB