The North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre (NQRACLC) is set up to help facilitate workshops, lessons, publications, and revival of Aboriginal Languages in the regions that we cover. We assist by holding meetings with key people and elders within the tribe and clans, facilitating dialogue, planning and organising workshops and lessons.
NQRACLC is the focal point for all Aboriginal languages represented by the Traditional Language Groups within the North Queensland region. The loss of these precious languages is a direct affect of the implementation of government policies, which prohibited Aboriginal people from speaking their own languages. By the 1940’s, many Aboriginal parents were not passing on their traditional languages to their children. Of over a hundred different languages originally spoken in Queensland, only a handful are now spoken across generations today.
Aims of NQRACLC are:
- Support the maintenance revival, and development of indigenous languages
- Increase the use of indigenous languages in a range of fields and media
- Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ in engagement with their languages
- Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing by strengthening pride in identity and culture through languages
- Promote public appreciation of indigenous languages
Objectives of NQRACLC are:
- To assist Traditional Owners and Community groups to retrieve, reclaim and maintain the use and development of all Aboriginal languages
- To develop Regional, State and National links for Aboriginal languages
- To develop partnerships with all Communities, Government Agencies, Teaching Institutes and other Organisations to promote and develop Aboriginal Languages
- Develop Protocols, Policy and Procedures for the review of Aboriginal Languages