Today is INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY — a day for celebrating reading and writing, and our love of language and learning. To beat the drum, we're excited to launch a new video (above) that shares an important story. A story that is told by the communities that we work with, that celebrates the joy, excitement and power of the books children in remote communities are creating.
Having your language and culture represented in a book is vital for literacy development and cultural preservation. “Language is the glue that binds us,” says our Board Director and Community Representative, Leitha Assan. It keeps our First Nations' identity, culture and connection to Country, strong.
We are proud to say that in our lifetime we have gifted over 350,000 books to over 280 communities, and published 90 stories with community, that reflect 18 Aboriginal languages. We continue to work closely with communities across Australia to create more books for the younger generation.
To celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day, and the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, please make a donation to help us to continue to help communities create and publish books in language. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
“Parents get excited when their child has a favourite book and they talk about it in language. One of our favourite books, ‘The Green Sheep’, is known as ‘Yatji’. We love ILF at Amata Playgroup! Thank you for supporting our kids. So many big smiles here because of the lovely books you have given us.”
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) acknowledges First Nations peoples and recognises their continuous connection to Country, community and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and honour the sharing of traditional stories passed down through generations. In particular, ILF acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which our head office is based in Sydney.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation further recognises the important role that language and storytelling have for culture and community, and the responsibilities that come with our work in these areas. If you notice any information you believe is inaccurate, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation works as an initiative of the Australian Book Industry with the
Indigenous Literacy Foundation is registered with the ACNC and is a Public Benevolent Institution with DGR1 and TCC status.
ABN 45 146 631 843.