FPF is pleased to announce the release of Stage One, Kubirri animation video. The video will be available for viewing from the 4th July 2017
Almost half of the roughly 6,900 languages spoken around the world today are endangered. Scarily, the rate of extinction is accelerating and there is a whole lot at stake.
Communities around the world are losing their indigenous tongue at an unprecedented rate. The grimmest predictions suggest up to 90% of the world’s languages will have disappeared by the end of this century.
A language becomes extinct when its last native speaker dies, and it’s usually the result of its speakers shifting to a lingua franca like English, Arabic or Spanish. This implies choice, but it’s often a history of marginalisation that leads to the change.
See the full article by Lauren Johnson at the NITV site
Education conference shares elders’ vision on language for future generations
The way to preserve a language is to start the lessons at home. And listen to your elders. It's a conversation happening at a Winnipeg conference with First Nations leaders, elders and educators.
Elder Mary Houle is from Ebb and Flow First Nation. Ojibway was her first language. She shared her vision at the First Nations Circle of Knowledge and Practices Conference.
"Our language was given to us. We have to speak our own language the way our mom and dad did," Houle said.
"You have to start that at home..."
See the full report from CBC News including pictures and video.
More Indigenous kids in remote Australia are killing themselves than anywhere else in the world. In the space of just one generation, the problem has gone from virtually non-existent, to endemic. It is devastating families and leaving a tidal wave of grief and despair in its wake. These are the people trying to pick up the pieces.
Click here to read the full story by Stephanie Zillman on ABC News.
First Peoples First Cultural Foundation issued its first official media release today, outlining its purpose and encouraging all Australians to join in saving our precious cultural heritage.
Read the contents of the release below (click on "Read More")
or download the Media Release as a PDF.
Bilingual brains have better attention and focus, study finds
Scientists have found that knowing more than one language can help make you smarter. An article by David Nield on the Science Alert website says researchers in the UK found that bilinguals are better able to zero in on the task at hand than those who only know one language.
Radio Adelaide's Peace of the Action podcast – 11 Sept 2016: Sue and Clayton chat with John Hartley about the First People’s First Cultural Foundation, as well as with Eunice Rodgers. Songs from both are included in the podcast….
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate.
View the video below or on TED with interactive transcript.
The following article, including video, can be found here at The Guardian website. Following is an excerpt..
Only a handful of frail elders speak our language. Our youth can save it, but the language can also save our youth and reconnect them with their heritage.
The symbology of the First Peoples First logo
Here in our logo you will see the four primary colours of humanity – black, yellow, red, and white – all encapsulated with the circle representing mutual exchange, interdependence, connection and reciprocity. And also the universal themes of Country, Culture, Family Future.
Simply stated: In the circle “We All Belong" and “We Are All Responsible”.
You will also notice red dots representing a low burning fire. Customarily, in some nations, good manners dictated when entering into another’s Country to light a small fire and wait until approached, so right-way relationships were worked out and invitations extended and shelter rest and food offered.
We at the FPF Cultural Foundation Inc. trust that you will see this fire, feel its warmth, invite us in and join with us in the work that needs to be done to ensure First Peoples' cultural values, beliefs and practices continues to enrich all future generations.