Diversity and language
|Meaning or usage
|(capitalised) used extensively throughout Australia when referring to the Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.
Koorie/ Koori/ Gurri/Gooris/
These are generic terms used by contemporary Aboriginal people and communities to identify and differentiate themselves from Aboriginal groups from other parts of Australia.
Queensland and north-west New South Wales Aboriginal people refer to themselves as Murris. Victoria and southern N.S.W Aboriginal people refer to themselves as Kooris. Goori is usually used by Aboriginal people in northern N.S.W coastal regions. Aboriginal people and communities of South Australia refer to themselves as Nunga, and Nyoongar in southern Western Australia.
Read some of the Library's works by Australian Indigenous authors to experience diverse voices.
United Nations International year of Indigenous Languages 2019
In 2019 the United Nations partnered with governments, private organisations and community groups to promote Indigenous languages
United Nations General Assembly - Rights of Indigenous peoples
The National Indigenous languages report is one of the key achievements of the Australian Government in partnership with AIATSIS.
The Report strengthens the evidence base regarding the use, importance, and state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. It identifies the strengths and speaker numbers of Australia's Indigenous languages, as well as the many economic and social benefits gained through the recognition, use and reawakening of those languages. -- https://www.arts.gov.au/what-we-do/indigenous-arts-and-languages/national-indigenous-languages-report (viewed 20 January 2023)
- Australian Government Action Plan for the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (PDF)
IY2019: a year to celebrate language - links to Australian highlights including maps, apps, children's books and video case studies.
Bond University Library participated in a national effort by Australian libraries to add Austlang language codes to works in our collection that contain Indigenous languages. This is now standard practice for any new resources. The languages are searchable and can be used to filter search results from the Language facet in Library Search.
International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022–2032
The United Nations has designated a decade to draw attention to the critical status of Indigenous languages around the world. All Australian Indigenous languages are under threat and need ongoing work to be maintained.
The Australian Government's Office for the Arts established the International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group to work in partnership with the Australian Government to develop initiatives.
Selected articles & resources
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