Reawakenings: the revival of Victorian Aboriginal languages

Learn how Aboriginal communities around Australia are reviving their local languages.

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14 April 2016, 2:00pm3:00pm
Bookings required, see links below
LocationConference centre
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Victoria’s landscape is filled with words of Aboriginal origin like ‘Birrarung’, ‘Dandenong’, ‘Werribee’ and ‘Baw Baw’, but many of our 38 original languages are now fighting for survival.

Communities throughout Victoria and across Australia are striving to revive their local languages through workshops, education, music, dictionaries and digital resources.

Join experts from the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages to find out more about language revival, and learn how these innovative programs are maintaining the uniqueness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.


  • Paul Paton is an Aboriginal man from the Gunnai and Monaro tribes of southeastern Australia. He is the Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
  • Mandy Nicholson is a member of the Wurundjeri-willam clan of Melbourne and is an artist, archaeologist and leader of the Djirri Djirri Dance Group. In her work at VACL she supports language projects within school programs and local communities.

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