Poem Forest YUIN_Uncle Warren

Mina tunapri Pakana Ngini; tunapri paliti
kani ningimpi-tu nungampi-tu-nanya paywuta manta

I am the Old Knowledge; the sacred knowledge
told to your grandmothers and grandfathers since the beginning of time
~ Theresa Sainty from Ningimpi Nungamo Paywuta Manta

Celebrating, sharing and conserving knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry in all its forms.

Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) was developed and launched at Red Room Poetry by Gunai poet Kirli Saunders in 2018.

PIFL commissions, publishes and delivers First Nations-led student poetry programs on Country and/or in First Nations community-led locations. Celebrating culture through poetry, music, dance and art, PIFL aims to support students to find strength in their cultural identities through language learning and connecting to Country, Culture and Community with the intention of enhancing overall wellbeing and knowledge.

Honouring our Elders

Celebrating the 2023 NAIDOC Theme For our Elders, Poetry in First Languages is honouring and highlighting our Elders through new poem commissions and online teaching resources for primary and secondary settings.

2023 NAIDOC For our Elders Program coming soon

Our Original Language Holders

What can we learn from listening to our original language holders?

In 2023, Poetry in First Languages will work with communities along the east coast to conceive a program to connect young First Nations people with Elders, Language Custodians, scientists, poets and musicians, through On Country immersive experiences, to learn about and respond to our original language holders - animals and Country.

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