Indigenous language use correlated to well-being in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics today released a report showing that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in remote areas who speak an Indigenous language are less likely to experience risk factors associated with poor wellbeing.” Those aged 15 to 24 years of age who spoke an Indigenous language were found to be less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.

The report also shows that while there has been a decrease in the percentage of youths speaking an Indigenous language from 18% in 2002 to 13% in 2008, of those not speaking an Indigenous language at home, 21% are learning one in school.

See the media release and the report for further details.

This post was inspired by “Indigenous language linked to drop in drug abuse” on the ABC News site.


One Response to “Indigenous language use correlated to well-being in Australia”

  1. Alexander Dietz Says:

    The drop in the percentage is also due to the rise of the amount of people claiming Aboriginal origin. But nevertheless, intensified actions are necessary.
    There is no satisfying percentage of those learning an Aboriginal language or using it at school among Aboriginal children and youngsters but everything above 90%. The percentage of around 20% would be satisfying among non-indigenous children and youngsters.

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