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NAIDOC Week (2-9 July)

NAIDOC Week (2-9 July)

NAIDOC WEEK is approaching 2-9 July), as all Australians are invited to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of our First Nations People. It is an opportunity for the wider Australian community to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our society, and this year's theme is Our Languages Matter.  Indigenous languages play an essential role in cultural identity, linking people to their place, history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. Our Foundation believes in the importance of learning in first language and research shows that children learn best in their own language. It also empowers the parents and carers to be the role models for their children,...

  • Posted 19 June, 2017


Wanytjatja Spotnga? - New eBook in language

Wanytjatja Spotnga? - New eBook in language

Wanytjatja Spotnga? New eBook in language by Karen Williams, ILF Executive Director Four of us pile into a Cherokee caravan, leaving Alice Spring at dawn.  The sun rises over the most magnificent country, 2000 kilometers or so from our destination. On the morning mail-plane we fly over caterpillar ranges, sparkling crystal white salt lakes and flat red earth. The country is mapped into rich forms and shapes, like desert art. We think we are the lucky ones when we spy two rainbows but then we're engulfed by wispy cloud. From Alice Springs to Docker, we stopped for two troopies to...

  • Posted 06 June, 2017


Indigenous students learning to be 'Two Ways Strong' (QLD)

Indigenous students learning to be 'Two Ways Strong' (QLD)

At Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba, there are young Indigenous students learning to be Two Ways Strong; strong in their Indigenous heritage and strong in mainstream Australian culture. These students travel up to two days just to attend school each term, from a small island in the Torres Straits, for example, to a town of over 100,000 people. “Two Ways Strong is a powerful message and story for young Indigenous students attending boarding schools or thinking about attending boarding schools outside of their home communities,” says Tina Raye, ILF Program Manager. “It’s also an important story for the wider non-Indigenous...

  • Posted 18 May, 2017


National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June)

National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June)

This is National Reconciliation Week 2017 (27 May to the 3 June) as all Australians are invited to celebrate the rich culture and history of the First Australians. These dates mark two milestones in Australia's history, the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, and the 25th anniversary of the historic Mabo decision. Learn more here. The theme for this year is ‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’, focusing on coming together as a nation to take the next great step in creating a country strengthened by respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples.   NRW is a chance for all of us to take some meaningful...

  • Posted 17 May, 2017


Sydney Art Auction Fundraiser (22 June)

Sydney Art Auction Fundraiser (22 June)

In collaboration with Penguin Random House and the Australian Society of Authors, we are pleased to announce a special art exhibition fundraiser and silent auction. Join us for this cocktail evening where framed artworks by prominent Australian children’s book illustrators will be exhibited for purchase, and all funds raised on the night will be donated to our Foundation. Artists include Ann James, Stephen Axelsen, Judith Rossell, Elise Hurst and many more! Tickets are FREE but booking is essential. RSVP today.    TAKE A LOOK AT THE ART CATALOGUE FOR SILENT AUCTION.    Thursday 22 June, 5:00 PM 7:00 PM Penguin Random House office...

  • Posted 17 May, 2017