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Part I | Survey, Indigenous, Chapter, Islander, Strait, Torres, Aboriginal, Consultancy | FATSILC, Fed. Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Languages and Culture
Chapter 1 Introduction PDF Print E-mail

This chapter includes background information on the 2004 National Indigenous Languages Survey (NILS), as well as recommendations on the best language measuring tools and policy proposals. A summary of the contents of this report is at the end of this chapter.

1.1 Indigenous languages in Australia: Matching programs and resources to needs PDF Print E-mail

Indigenous languages have been embattled since European settlers took over the continent, and have been in severe decline across Australia, particularly in the last 100 years. Today we have reached a dire situation where only around 20 of the remaining languages are being passed on to children in their full form, and even those are beginning to face threats.

1.2 The NILS consultancy PDF Print E-mail

The survey and the preparation of this report were carried out through a joint consultancy by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages (FATSIL). This grouping won a tender to carry out the survey in 2004.