Dedicated to the reawakening and renewal of First People’s Languages within Australia, the Wollotuka Institute and the University of Newcastle offer virtual and in-person Lnaguage classes to staff, students and community.
The classes deliver on the opportunity to pursue and implement First Peoples principles and practices of exchanging ideas and experiences.
We welcome your participation and/or dialogue in ways that help to cultivate and establish relations, advance scholarship, and strengthen or create collaborative engagements for our Language communities based on finding common ground.
“Language classes give our people a sense of identity, connection and belonging, it provides us with a new profound purpose, while reinforcing our own personal and cultural values” - Dr. Raymond Kelly
Our Muuya Banggi Language group, who meet weekly, bring together a group of Language enthusiast, who share their thoughts, values and beliefs within an inclusive, supportive and safe environment, which allows our members the freedom to create for each other.
One of our major goals is to ensure that communities have a safe place to explore Language renewal initiatives that best suit their communities. We welcome healthy dialogue and participation by all, in seeking ways to help cultivate and establish good working relationships for the benefit and future of our cultural landscapes.
Another goal is to share and expand our conversations about the efforts currently being carried out within the myriad of communities and within our University of Newcastle footprints.
We act as a bridge, connecting and bringing together our different groups, including those groups with traditional links, members of the public and members of our academic community.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.