Going Back In Time

when the british took control of everything ...aboriginal people were banned from speaking their language and practicing their culture.....

we live in a modern society and aboriginal language and culture are celebrated, things have changed gotten better right...

WRONG...here we are going backwards again

the government in its ignorance regarding the NT intervention has now banned students from speaking their language at school...all lessons are to be taught in english

this has outraged community groups especially those in remote areas where their tribal language is the most spoken at home and within their community

it has lead to the decrease of student and staff attendence which has played right into the governments propaganda plan to portray aboriginal people as neglectful as the kids are not attending school...and also that the staff have been portrayed as incapable of professionally managing their schools 

when in fact the non-attendence is in protest of the banning of their language ...can you imagine how difficult it would be to learn if you had to speak a foreign language at school and not being allowed to speak your own ...in your own country ..not some foreign one ...


jinda jinda
56-60, F
7 Responses Mar 9, 2009

thanks for all your supportive comments <br />
stevester the point is that its not a matter of students learning english ...they are doing that ...all aboriginal staff are banned from speaking their language whithin the school grounds and students are banned from speaking it within the classroom....whats that got to do with the kids learning...its just crap and nothing can justify this policy...school attendeance was low before they introduced 'lessons taught in their language' because of this familiarity and how much easier it was for these kids to learn...and their are a lot more subjects and things they need to learn besides the bloody english language....you take this away from them and they will not come to school<br />
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peace, hello my friend, it is very hard to stop these policies when they are put in place before we have a chance to do anything about it...<br />
legally to fight them in the courts takes years and a lot of money, and they hold them up for as long as it suits them, plus much of the aboriginal funding allocated goes to these government depts legal costs to fight the charges that aboriginal people have brought against them.....<br />
meanwhile the kids education is suffering... and tribal dignity ******** even further.<br />
and peace just knowing you and the power of your kindness, for you to say an affirmation for these proud and ancient people will help a great deal, <br />

jinda<br />
my friend, the same was done to indiginous children in the USA.<br />
It wiped them out for a while, now their culture is coming back because of the wisdom of the elders.<br />
I salute you and the people of the desert.<br />
What can I do to help?

There has been recent debate over the inclusion of Aboriginal language in the curriculum, but it seems that it is only as an adjunct to what is commonly taught, as oppossed to being a culturally significant part of the curriculum.<br />
We talk about inclusion, and fair go in this country, yet is seems there are conditions attached to the fair go.

bv you live in Awakabal country and as their language has been preserved i'd say the local aboriginal land council or cultral centre would sell copies of the recent edition of their dictionary <br />
as each tribal nation has their own language it is important to know the true meanings for each particular country from where you live...many aboriginal word books are a generalisation of the meanings they are not true to each tribal nation<br />
cheers<br />
pronunciations are very difficult and you need to hear the sound of the words ....they may also have cds of pronunciation instruction and grammar is very different from english <br />
it should be taught in school as the second language<br />

I can c the point ur making. There are Irish medium schools in Ireland where English is hardly spoken, they acieve high marks, but until the commercial world speaks Irish, Welsh or Aborigine people need English. Not just proficient, u need to be fluent to compete in the job market. There are alternatives to school in keeping a language alive. The government needs to provide some investment for the 1st nation speakers, there needs to be broadcasts and publications dedicated to the language. There will always be resentment from those that argue money should be spent on health-care but that argument is spent as a single element of public expenditure, no matter how worthy cannot exclude everything else. <br />
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The retention of indigenous language is an important aspect of retaining a culture but the hard fact is speaking English is a necessity.

of course they need to be proficient in english as well..but they could be taught this as a subject ....<BR>restricting them from speaking their language at school is the issue ...not teaching them english as the majority already know english as well but prefer to speak their native language <br />
bv its the mining companies that want native land...this is the force that drives our country backwards and killing our environment ...its these companies and their destructive toxic actions that must be stopped<br />
white australia needs to get their heads out of the sand and realise what is really happening in our desert regions ...australias heartland<BR>cheers

I fully agree, Jinda; in fact I said so in an opinion posted to ABC News some weeks ago.<br />
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Its a bit of a problem, though... the Aboriginal kids will need a reasonable literacy in English in order to thrive within the general Australian society, and the sooner they are grounded in that, the easier it wll be for them to become proficient. But I do agree that the very young are going to make heavy weather of being taught in their "second" language - its a bit like a "full-immersion" style of language learning, and doubtless would put the very young ones off.<br />
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I have a feeling that the then NT Minister for Education was reacting a bit sharply to criticism that the standard of English was very poor.... Its a matter of striking the right balance.