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2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

In 2019 the world celebrated the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019), focusing efforts and building momentum for the revitalisation and celebration of Indigenous languages worldwide.

IYIL2019 was an opportunity for all Australians to engage in a national conversation about Indigenous languages and their role in supporting cultural resurgence and shaping our national identity.

AIATSIS played a key role in supporting IYIL2019 and had a range of activities and initiatives throughout the year to celebrate and recognise the diversity of Australian Indigenous languages.

AIATSIS IYIL2019 Projects and Initiatives 

International Decade of Indigenous Languages from 2022-2032

To cap the year off in spectacular style on December 18 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming an International Decade of Indigenous Languages from 2022-2032

Indigenous Australian Languages are integral to the ongoing work that AIATSIS does and there are a range of initiatives and projects going forward that will continue to build on the legacy of IYIL2019.

The Australian Government’s participation in and promotion of IYIL2019 was led by the Department of Communications and the Arts.

For more information about IYIL2019 please visit UNESCO.