A tenth of Australia’s Indigenous kids speaking language



The Director of the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics says the 2011 census shows that one in 10 Indigenous participants speak an Indigenous language at home.

Julie Nankervis says the latest census highlights developments in education and self-identification of Indigenous participants.

She says employment figures have stayed the same, while health numbers still show a shorter life-expectancy for Indigenous people. But Ms. Nankervis says the rate of Indigenous language speakers hasn’t decreased.

“I think it’s a really important thing that it doesn’t go down so that we still have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people speaking their language and having that attachment to language. “

So, that’s a positive.

“Even children, under 14 years old, still 10 per cent of them were speaking an Indigenous language at home, which is really, really good.”

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