Revitalising Indigenous Languages at Eric Johnston Lecture

Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture

A proud Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman, Territorian andPrincipal Research Fellow at Charles Darwin Universitys Northern Institutewill present this years Eric Johnston Lecture.

Associate Professor Linda Payi Ford will discuss thelanguage used to carry out work between Tyikma (Aboriginal) and Padakoot(non-Aboriginal) people, to support and improve relationships and connectionsbetween them. Her lecture asks the question Aminilabit tjan kin-ning wurrkama gu? Are we all working together with a united voicefor treaty and truth?

The Eric Johnston Lecture has been running since 1986, whenCommodore Eric Johnston was the Administrator, and invites a prominentTerritorian to reflect on an aspect of development in the Northern Territory.

Past Eric Johnston Lecture speakers have included SisterAnne Gardiner, educator and 2017 Senior Australian of the Year, ManawuyYunupingu, 1992 Australian of the Year and Sir Paul Hasluck, formerGovernor-General of Australia. Transcripts and recordings of former guest speakerscan be found at

This years Eric Johnston Lecture will take place at 5.30pmon Wednesday, 23 October at Library & Archives NT in Parliament House.Admission is free, but bookings are essential. Visit

As noted by PatrickGregory, Senior Director of Library & Archives NT:

The Eric Johnston Lecture is an annual highlight for theLibrary. Each year we are fortunate to hear stories and insights that reflecton the development of the Northern Territory and help paint a richer picture ofour past.

Highlighting the significance of Aboriginal knowledge,languages and culture, this years lecture recognises the United NationsInternational Year of Indigenous Languages and the 2019 NAIDOC theme: Voice.Treaty. Truth.

Were thrilled to have Dr Ford share her knowledge andexperiences with us.

As noted by AssociateProfessor Linda Payi Ford:

Today, we are the ones to continue making the choices aboutwhich threads to add to the social fabric of Indigenous Affairs. Its about thewords, the languages and non-verbal communication methods we use to design anddevelop our future people, policy and place.

I was teaching the next generation of teachers during Ericstime at Batchelor and I will focus on his achievements during this time, manyof which have stood the test of time.

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