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It looks like New South Wales is set to legislate to protect and revitalise Aboriginal languages! Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams sees Indigenous languages as a “unique and valuable part of our heritage”. She goes on to say, “We know that Aboriginal people who speak their language are healthier [and that] Aboriginal children learning a language do better at school and that language renewal strengthens communities”. Too many years have passed since the Aboriginal Protection Board removed Aboriginal children from their families for speaking Aboriginal language; so this is a huge win. Here’s hoping the other States and Territories follow suit. FYI, Yammagarra is a respectful way to greet Elders and other respected community members.  It comes from the Gamilaraay language, which is a Pama–Nyungan language of the Wiradhuric subgroup found mostly in south-east Australia. Click here to learn more about rediscovering Indigenous languages. Quotes from the Minister were sourced from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-16/aboriginal-languages-to-be-protected-in-nsw/8029476.    

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