It’s another NAIDOC week, this year the theme is “Our Language Matters” This is to highlight just how important it is, if you want to kill off a people one of the best ways to do that is stop their culture and language. We don’t have many languages that are spoken all the time. But we are reviving language, many places are re-learning their language. Our Elders are remembering as they are asked and encouraged to speak. The fear of whippings and other punishments for speaking language is gone.
Our language has not bee understood by others who in past years an Aboriginal person who couldn’t speak English was thought to be dumb. The fact that many spoke other languages was over looked. We still have that problem, sometime white people speak loudly to us, we’re not deaf, we just don’t speak English. So use as many words as you can and share them with your kids, lets keep our languages alive.