Kriol is an English-based creole language spoken across the north of Australia, from Western Australia into the Northern Territory and part of Queensland. The spelling of the name is a version of ‘Creole’. There are many creole languages spoken. Creoles developed out of pidgin English that came into being as a result of colonisation. The creoles spoken across the north of Australia vary from east to west and there are several dialects, even within the Kimberley region.
In May 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates came together at the First Nations National Constitutional Convention near Uluru and presented the Uluru Statement from the Heart to the Australian people. The Statement calls for a First Nations Voice to Parliament, enshrined in the constitution, and a process for agreement making (Treaty) and truth-telling. It was the culmination of 13 deliberative Regional Dialogues across Australia with First Nations communities. The Statement seeks to establish a relationship between Australia's First Nations peoples and the Australian nation based on truth, justice and self-determination. Music by Frank Yamma. Photo by Jimmy Widders Hunt.
This podcast collection includes more than 20 Aboriginal languages (from communities in the Northern Territory and from Northern Western Australia), which will continue to grow as more First Nations languages are translated. The collection also includes more than 60 Languages for Australia’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.