This year, ILF Ambassadors Jessica Mauboy and Gregg Dreise celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ Stories, Languages and Cultures during our annual Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD)!
Our National Digital Event, proudly produced and presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and hosted by the Sydney Opera House is a free video available anytime from 10.30am AEST on Wednesday 7 September.
Register now via ilf.org.au/ILD.
This engaging online story is a small window into the lives of two boys, Dean and Derek and their friends growing up in Milikapiti and Jilkminggan, in the Northern Territory.
Jilkmingin crew: Dean C, Tishaun, Sharinda and Dean R, with film crew Tom Danks and Mark Daniels from Katherine Regional Arts and Ethan Grahek from Infinity Prism Entertainment.
Excitedly, the kids respond to an unexpected call from ILF Ambassador and music icon, Jess Mauboy, and proudly teach her a well-loved song in their First Languages, Tiwi and Mangarrayi, before ILF Ambassador, author and performer, Gregg Dreise sings the song in Gamilaraay Yuwaalaraay.
Audiences will be encouraged to stretch, bend and sing in three different languages, from three different places!
Of course, all this hard work builds an appetite and the children head off to hunt for a feed in the nearby waters before a well-earned fire-side feast.
ILF Ambassador Jessica Mauboy meeting the Milikapiti crew while filming for the National Digital Event.
The digital event is hosted on the Sydney Opera House website from 10:30am AEST on Wednesday 7 September and is available any time for 90 days.
This event is not only for children, adults of all ages will enjoy the story, the songs and stunning scenes. Audiences will delight in this magical story led by children, sharing a snippet of life in remote Australia and the richness and diversity of First Nation peoples’ Stories, Languages and Cultures.
Why not take 30 minutes out of your day, and watch with your students, staff or clients over morning or afternoon tea. End the session with a conversation about how your organisation can learn and engage more in First Nations peoples’ Stories, Languages, Cultures, and the real value of literacy.
2022 is the first year of UNESCO’s Decade of Indigenous Languages. Indigenous Literacy Day celebrates and promotes the revitalisation and preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages now and for future generations of Indigenous children.
Register today via ilf.org.au/ILD.