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On 2 December 2011, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, launched the initiative, Rediscovering Indigenous Languages, in the Mitchell vestibule at the State Library of New South Wales.
Above, L-R : Melissa Jackson, Indigenous Services Librarian; Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales; Emma Gray, Discover Collections Librarian
About 150 guests attended the event - including The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs NSW; David Peever, Managing Director of Rio Tinto Australia (along with senior executives from Rio Tinto); as well as senior members of the Library Council and Foundation Board, including Rob Thomas and Peter Crossing.
The Gondwana National Indigenous Children’s Choir enthralled the audience with their angelic voices, singing in several Indigenous languages. Their performance echoed the fundamentals of this project - embracing Indigenous culture and rescuing and maintaining Indigenous languages.
Above : The Gondwana National Indigenous Children's ChoirThe Library is particularly grateful to Rio Tinto who is not only a valued and long standing Library supporter, but should be praised for their involvement in many Indigenous programs across Australia. The outcomes of this collaborative project will have positive impact on Indigenous communities nationwide.