Supporting Australia’s Indigenous Languages
The Language Conservancy (TLC) is dedicated to protecting endangered languages and the rich cultural heritage they represent. We work closely with Indigenous communities in Australia and around the world to revitalise their languages. Our goal is to empower communities by providing technical support, educational resources, and assistance with research and advocacy.
TLC was founded in 2005 to address the growing problem of language loss affecting communities like the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia, as well as Native American, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities worldwide.
We believe it’s essential for Indigenous people to lead their own language revival efforts. In fact, it’s often communities who first reach out to TLC with their ideas. We then work alongside communities, offering support and helping them gain the skills they need to record and pass on their language in an effective way.
We’ve developed innovative methods for language documentation and revival. For instance, our Rapid Word Collection technique helps create dictionaries quickly, and our online learning platform offers an Indigenous language curriculum. With our advanced app development, we can provide effective resources and training for communities.
Over the years, TLC has produced hundreds of Indigenous language books and digital resources. We also raise awareness through public campaigns, highlighting the importance of language preservation for society, culture, science, and individuals.
We bring together language enthusiasts, linguists, and educators. We offer support in teaching methods, design, linguistics, and technology. Our team assists with creating dictionaries, language apps, children’s books, curriculums, textbooks, teacher-training program, and language-learning workshops. We’re here for communities every step of the way, from project planning and securing grants to creating and sharing resources.