Promoting Positive Indigenous Stories On Social Media

The United Nations has declared this year the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play.

Yet, here in Australia, only about 120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are still spoken from an estimated original 250 languages. Of these, approximately 90 per cent are considered endangered.

By promoting and celebrating local communities’ stories in print and email newsletters, on the website and in social media we can keep words alive. There’s an important need to focus on positive news and showcase success stories. Don’t forget to use imagery that is culturally diverse (and includes sensitive statements where appropriate).

aboriginals, indigenous Australians

Important Dates for Indigenous People

Here is has a handy calendar of events for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Don’t forget to add any days that might have local significance. You might like to create content for your social media on the following days in 2020:

With 3% of the Australian population identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, let’s celebrate and embrace this valuable part of the country that we share.

Video credit: Dingo Media

*Dates may slightly change from year to year.

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Image Credit: Photo by Jason H on Unsplash


Written by Emma Crameri

I am a Brisbane-based freelance technical reviewer and writer. I have experience working in ICT, online education and digital marketing. I can turn your ideas into engaging and shareable online content. I'm an early adopter with both Android and Apple devices. I'm also the Editor of the Brisbanista website.


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  1. I think this is a good idea. There are a lot of good things you can’t get off of social networking, but the best stuff I’ve seen in my life isn’t exactly good stuff, but it is good stuff. I also think it’s interesting to see that people like to think of their own self as the same thing.

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