[by Mandy Taylor]
ICTV Board member Lynette Ellis and ICTV inLanguage project manager Vito Lucarelli checking out the new language portal. Image: supplied
ICTV launches inLanguage
Indigenous languages in Australia will be preserved and strengthened with a new interactive media platform launched in Alice Springs.
The inLanguage platform is developed and hosted by Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) on their video streaming service, ICTV PLAY, available at www.ictv.com.au
inLanguage makes it easy to find video content in the many Indigenous languages and language groups available on ICTV PLAY.
Dynamic audio and visual cues allow intuitive navigation for language speakers, linguists, researchers, teachers and students.
ICTV General Manager Rita Cattoni said inLanguage had been designed with a national focus and to cater to a range of literacy capabilities.
“ICTV has always encouraged the production and delivery of content in language and the inLanguage platform now makes it easier to access language content,” Ms Cattoni said.
“A map is a featured search tool as part of the site which is a fun, unique and educational way to discover video content in Australia’s Indigenous languages.
“The project will also support eight language groups to create new video content and collaborate with them to digitise old archival footage if it exists.”
inLanguage has dedicated pages for 20 selected languages and language groups. Languages have been chosen based on the amount of accessible video content in that language.
On each page users can find ICTV videos organised by language along with videos about learning language – from basic shows, fit for young children to conversations about revitalising language and culture – and resources to help with further learning.
“Digital technologies are increasingly at the forefront of maintaining and reviving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages,” Ms Cattoni said.
“ICTV is proud to launch inLanguage on International Mother Language Day during the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
“In Australia, of the estimated original 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, only around 120 are still spoken and many are regarded as endangered.
“Platforms such as inLanguage will assist in ensuring languages will continue to be spoken, understood, learned and shared.”
A third of remote Aboriginal work for the dole participants say community worse off
[Lorena Allam, The Guardian]
The federal government’s own review of the remote Aboriginal work-for-the-dole program has found 36% of participants say their communities are worse off under the scheme.
Receiving an OAM came as a surprise for 75 year old Pam
[Ashlea Witoslawski, Shepparton News]
Aunty Pam is the youngest daughter of Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls and believes it was her parents insightful teachings that enabled her to also become a leader.
Akaltye Centre open for business
[by Patrick Nelson]
Charles Darwin University’s Akaltye Centre on Alice Springs campus has had a major makeover in the lead up to Semester 1, which starts early next month.
Tasmanian private land handed back to Aboriginal community
[Phoebe Hosier, ABC]
A Tasmanian couple have returned half of their east coast property to the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, which is hailing the move as the first private land return in the state.
Injalak Arts Provenance centre investigated by Prime Minister's department
[Jane Bardon, ABC]
The former manager of what was one of the Northern Territory's most successful Indigenous art centres says she does not regret her decision to set up a Darwin art gallery, despite the centre now being investigated by the Prime Minister's department.
Art, light and music combine as Parrtjima announces 2019 festival program featuring Baker Boy
[by Laura Minns]
The free public festival is the only First Nations light festival of its kind in the world, proudly showcasing some of the oldest continuous cultures on Earth through the newest technology against the backdrop of the incredible MacDonnell Ranges – a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.