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NAIDOC Week is fast approaching!
2-9 July 2017

2017 National NAIDOC Theme - Our Languages Matter

The importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages will be the focus of national celebrations marking NAIDOC Week 2017.

The 2017 theme - Our Languages Matter - aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.

National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair Anne Martin said languages are the breath of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the theme will raise awareness of the status and importance of Indigenous languages across the country.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything:  law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food.

“Each language is associated with an area of land and has a deep spiritual significance and it is through their own languages, that Indigenous nations maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law,” Ms Martin said.

Committee Co-Chair Benjamin Mitchell hopes that the theme will shine a spotlight on the programs and community groups working to preserve, revitalise or record Indigenous languages, and encourage all Australians to notice the use of Indigenous languages in their community.

“There is currently a wave of activity, with people in many communities working to learn more about their language, and to ensure they are passed on to the next generation before it is too late.’ Mr Mitchell said.

“Nationally, many place names for our suburbs, rivers, mountains and parks are Indigenous language words. Noticing and paying attention to these words will generate greater appreciation and respect for the significance of language among all Australians.

"The preservation and revitalisation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages - the original languages of this nation - is the preservation of priceless treasure, not just for Indigenous peoples, but for everyone."

The host city for the 2017 National NAIDOC Awards is Cairns, Queensland.

 

 AOD Outreach Worker

Duncan Giblin is an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Worker from The Link Youth Health Service (The Link) in Hobart.

Duncan offers case management, counselling and support services to young people aged 12-25 years who have identified substance use as an issue. Duncan aims to help people find the best way to work through areas that they find challenging with substance use. Duncan also provides harm reduction information and referral options to young people who may need support to work with other services. Duncan describes his approach as ‘working through all areas that might be contributing to someone’s substance use at their own pace’. Duncan has worked in the community services sector since 1997 and is interested in helping young people to work out strategies for things that they want to change. Outside of his work at The Link Duncan likes to be out in the elements engaged in mountain biking, trail building, sea kayaking, fishing and photography.

Duncan is available for weekly AOD appointments at Karadi on Friday from 10am to 3pm as part of The Link’s new AOD outreach service.

Karadi have been fortunate enough to secure the lovely Mel, from Lonvara Life Coaching to do monthly sessions at Karadi. Do you have anxiety, feeling down, need someone to talk to, want to achieve more but fear taking that extra step, do you want to feel calmer, would you like to undergo hypnotherapy to learn deep relaxation?

Mel can assist with:
Counselling
Hynoptherapy
Timeline Therapy
NLP (Nero Linguistic Programing)
Personal Life Coaching.


Please call the office on 62723511 to make a booking.

 

 


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