Martu Wangka means 'Aboriginal language' and it is spoken by about 800 to 1000 Martu people around the Gibson and Great Sandy Desert area of Western Australia. The communities where a significant number Martu Wangka speakers live are Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji. Martu Wangkais also of the Wati subgroup/ a dialect of the Western Desert language of the Pama-Nyungan language family.
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.