VACL is proud to announce that the Shearwater Festival has been awarded the Community HART Award for 2015 in the Community Organisation category! The Awards celebrate projects in which local governments and community organisations are Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together. The projects featured in the 2015 Community HART Awards bring people…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 14:19

Woi wurrung Language Goes Digital!

Ancient Language in Modern Times: WOI WURRUNG LANGUAGE GOES DIGITAL Thornbury Primary School students make giant leaps for digital language reclamation in Victoria! On Monday the 20th of April VACL launched three interactive digital storybooks at Thornbury Primary School, featuring Creation Stories of the Wurundjeri People in both Woi wurrung and English. …
Last month VACL and the Yalka Lotpja group gathered together in a Nganhuk Lotjba or 'show and tell' of Languages. The Manma Yepanyuk day ('to make nets together' - 'Network')  is intended as a coming together and sharing of Languages from across Victoria. This year the day was headed by Aunty Sharon Atkinson, from…
  VACL Board member Brendan Kennedy has published a collection of his songs and stories in Tati Tati, Mutti Mutti and Wadi Wadi languages.The publication titled Wangilatha Wangu Kiyawatha is a beautiful collection of Language songs and stories about the land, water, and animals of the Murray River people and Mallee people (Brendan's mother's people).   The book is…
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 12:03

Students bring Gunditjmara QBooks to life!

VACL staff were blown away this week by students at Warrnambool Primary School, who did a fantastic job of recording narration for the QBooks project. The QBooks feature stories illustrated and narrated by the students themselves in both English and Peek Wurrung and are designed to foster the students appreciation for, and understanding…
The third Shearwater Festival held on Phillip Island on November 22 and 23 brought the community together in a creative, cultural and environmental celebration of the short tailed shearwaters. The Festival involved school children and families as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous creative artists, musicians and Elders. The two-day Festival…
Thursday, 20 November 2014 17:01

Barriers to Education

Welcome to the classroom of Aunty Fay and Mandy, where you won’t hear a word of English!   This week at Federation Square, Save the Children hosted a variety of workshops to highlight some the difficult situations faced by children all around the world, including sanitation, war and conflict and…
Monday, 17 November 2014 16:17

Dungala-Kaiela Writers' Awards

This year VACL again supported the Dungala-Kaiela Writers' Awards, a competition open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers with a connection to Shepparton area. Our linguist, Dr Kris Eira, joined with Sharon Atkinson to judge the Language sections, and our EO Paul Paton presented the awards for these…
Local History Project Award goes to The Journal of William Thomas Huge congratulations go out to Marguerita Stephens and the team at VACL for picking up the 'Local History Project Award' yesterday at the Victorian Community History Awards announced at the State Library of Victoria. The awards are managed by…
Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:06

They're Back!

Countdown to Shearwater Festival Shearwater Festival 2014, November 22 and 23 November, Phillip Island   The shearwater birds have arrived back from on Phillip Island after their 15,000 kilometres migration from the Bering Sea near Alaska. Phillip Island’s third Shearwater Festival is gearing up to welcome them home and celebrate…
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