The United Nations observed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The aim of this year was to raise awareness of the consequences of the growing loss of Indigenous languages across the world and to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation. The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL) is contributing to this focus by celebrating and promoting children’s books by and about Australia’s Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, including books in Indigenous languages.
Stage one of this Resource has been funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Child Care Services Program, Strong Quality in Child Care. This Program aims to deliver quality child care and early learning experiences for children, families and communities to young people from birth through eight years of age.
This funding enabled the NCACL to provide a comprehensive, freely available Resource, which provides unique insights into books written by and or about Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The Commonwealth grant enabled NCACL to cover books for children up to eight years of age. NCACL staff then added to this collection by covering books for children through 12 years of age. Our aim has been to discover these books, provide information about them and identify resources that explore and expand them.
Since the launch of the Resource in July 2020, the NCACL has been fortunate to receive additional funding through the generosity of a private donor. From late March 2021 and continuing, the Resource is adding books suitable for young people from birth through secondary years.