WARNING: this article contains names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The aim is to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world.
Around 120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are still spoken in Australia but that is less than half of the estimated 250 languages thought to have been in use across the country at the time of European settlement. Many of these languages could be endangered if there is an insufficient number of speakers to sustain them into the future.
Here we present three stories from our collection about recording, broadcasting and teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.