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The Making of I Saw We Saw

The Making of I Saw We Saw

The origin of our latest publication, I Saw We Saw started way back in October 2017, when ILF ambassador Ann James, children’s publisher Ann Haddon and some of the ILF team went to work with the deadly students of Nhulunbuy Primary School in North-east Arnhem Land, NT. Our goal – to produce a beautiful book that captured the students’ lives, language and culture. Armed with a huge range of art materials, the students were soon put to work, testing new techniques and brainstorming ideas for their very own book. From soft pastel to scratch back, and even paper-clay figures, stories...

  • Posted 16 September, 2019


ILF Ambassador Gregg Dreise visits Indooroopilly State High School

ILF Ambassador Gregg Dreise visits Indooroopilly State High School

On Friday last week, I was lucky enough to be able to visit Indooroopilly State High School with ILF Ambassador, Gregg Dreise. Indooroopilly State High School has been a great supporter the ILF over the past few years, raising money through their successful Great Book Swaps, and this year won an ambassador visit from Gregg Dreise. The sunny and warm weather of Brisbane was the perfect setting for discussions that he led about indigenous literacy and culture. We basked outside in the sunlight under expansive trees and were entertained by Gregg and his tales. I’ve had the good fortune of...

  • Posted 12 September, 2019


PULiiMA Indigenous Languages & Tech Conference

PULiiMA Indigenous Languages & Tech Conference

Voices from Across the Nation In late August, as UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages continued to be celebrated around the world, some of our team headed to Darwin for the 7th PULiiMA Indigenous Languages and Technology Conference. This biennial event brings together people from diverse backgrounds and work environments who share the common aim of celebrating the traditional languages of their country. Program Director Tina Raye and Program Manager Leonie Short were joined at the conference by our newest staff member, our community Book Buzz consultant Josie Lardy, an early childhood teacher who is based in Jilkminggan, near Katherine, NT....

  • Posted 04 September, 2019


Indigenous Literacy Day at the Sydney Opera House

Indigenous Literacy Day at the Sydney Opera House

On-the-spot language lesson to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day  We’re always thrilled to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day at the Sydney Opera House, and this year’s celebrations were bigger and brighter than ever! The morning was kick started with a lot of hand clapping and foot stomping, some pretty deadly didge playing and the challenge for the audience – both young and older – to learn a few words of a traditional Indigenous language, Yolngu Matha. After our ambassador Natalie Ahmat from NITV welcomed hundreds of Sydney school kids and other guests, Aunty Ann Weldon made the Welcome to Country, urging everyone to...

  • Posted 04 September, 2019


June Oscar AO to be Co-Patron

June Oscar AO to be Co-Patron

June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission) to be co-patron of our Foundation We are delighted to announce that JUNE OSCAR AO is to be co-patron of our Foundation, along with QUENTIN BRYCE AD CVO, former Governor-General of Australia. This exciting announcement comes as INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY 2019 is being celebrated around Australia today, 4 September.  “I am very impressed by the work the Indigenous Literacy Foundation does in remote communities. They are passionate about what they do and their work enables Indigenous children to shine and to succeed,” said June Oscar. “During...

  • Posted 04 September, 2019