Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Some material may contain terms that reflect authors’ views, or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded, but may not be considered appropriate today. These views are not necessarily the views of AIATSIS. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.

Ngunawal language revival project

Project status: 

Ngunawal community members and linguists from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) first met in early 2014 to discuss the possibility of working together on language revival. AIATSIS and the Ngaiyuriija Ngunawal Language Group announced the signing of a cooperative research agreement to revitalise the Ngunawal language of the ACT and South East NSW in July 2014.

The Ngaiyuriija Ngunawal Language Group, comprised of a number of Ngunawal family groups – Thunderstone Cultural and Land Management Services Aboriginal Corporation, Koomurri Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation and Ngunawal Heritage Aboriginal Corporation – are working with AIATSIS to not only revitalise the Ngunawal language but also to  develop a language program for primary school children. The Group’s aim is to provide a fully functional language that could also be part of the ACT school curriculum.

Hear Ngunawal elder Kayleen Busk discuss the importance of language to the Ngunawal people in the below video.

Last reviewed: 10 May 2017

AIATSIS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community.

We pay our respects to elders past and present.

Ngunawal language revival project | Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


Status message

  • field_cron: Launched in thread 1
  • feeds_cron: Launched in thread 1
  • views_data_export_cron: Launched in thread 1
  • update_cron: Launched in thread 1
  • session_api_cron: Launched in thread 1
  • queue_smtp_failure_queue: Launched in thread 1
The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later.