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Developed by Gunai poet Kirli Saunders and delivered by Red Room Poetry, Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music and art.

On 21 March, Kirli Saunders will take students from Years K-6 from Mittagong Public School through the new resource, specific to Gundungurra Country. Students will be connected to First Nations Poets, Elders and Language Custodians on Country, strengthening the connection of First Nations students to Country, language and community to empower students to feel pride in their cultural identities.

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Poetry in First Languages is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australian National Commission for UNESCO of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It is proudly supported by Graeme Wood Foundation, Geoff Ainsworth AM & Johanna Featherstone, Copyright Agency, and generous individuals.

On Gundungurra country, PIFL is also supported by Wingecarribee Shire Council, Australian Decorative Fine Arts Society Bowral, Participants in the Australia Council’s 2018 Arts Leaders Program, Graeme Wood Foundation, ABC and AIME.

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