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Funding to help preserve Aboriginal Languages

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams today announced funding for six projects to preserve Aboriginal languages as NAIDOC Week celebrations kick off around the state.

Mrs Williams said the Our Languages, Our Way grants will help more people to learn, practice and teach Aboriginal languages as well as supporting the development of community-owned resources, like dictionaries and videos.

“From workshops and videos to dictionaries and immersion camps, Aboriginal people are taking action to protect and promote their languages,” Mrs Williams said.

“These grants will support a range of community-driven activities designed to empower and inspire a new generation of speakers.”

Mrs Williams will today join Aboriginal community leaders in Parramatta to celebrate the start of NAIDOC Week 2016.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is Songlines - the living narrative of our nation.

“I wish all the very best to communities across our state as they come together to celebrate Aboriginal culture and the achievements of Aboriginal people,” she said.

“NAIDOC Week reminds us all of the strength and resilience of Aboriginal culture – there is so much to be proud of this week and all year round.”

For more information, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website at www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au

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