2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory.  But despite their immense value, languages around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate.  With this in mind, the United Nations declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) in order to raise awareness of them, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also for others to appreciate the important contribution they make to our world’s rich cultural diversity.

For more information please take a look at the IYIL2019 webpage.

Why the Language Nest?

The Language Nest provides an opportunity to interact with others in the community, to share stories and experiences in different languages in celebration of IYIL2019. Stories can either be written or typed and included on the booth for others to read/admire. There is no set theme for the stories (as we do not want to limit your creative ability!), however if you are stuck for ideas the different areas of this webpage may provide some inspiration.

The Language Nest has started its journey at the Willagee Library. Feel free to share a story or even singular words in your Native language today! Hopefully you will not only learn new words from other languages, but new stories and experiences from within the community.

Recommended Websites

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the websites linked below may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is an Australian Government statutory authority and world-renowned research, collections and publishing organisation. 

AIATSIS promotes knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present.

Indigenous arts and languages (Department of Communications and the Arts)

Indigenous WA (State Library of Western Australia)
Explore Aboriginal stories, Storylines, music, and family history.

IYIL 2019

Please note: Listing links to resources on the Web does not mean City of Melville Libraries endorses the information provided.