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Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) South East deepens this connection by having students care for Country as they participate in broader community conservation projects in partnership with NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
 
PIFL South East provides First Nations students from Yuin, Jerrinja and Gundungurra Countries the opportunity to learn about traditional and contemporary conservation practices. On Country days engage students with their local First Nations communities, allowing them to contribute to caring for the land by becoming involved in the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Conservation project, Glossies in The Mist or Coastal ICOLL management with Wallaga Lake Community projects. In addition to learning about conservation, First Nations students will participate in workshops on bush medicine, fire for land management, traditional dance, culture and language. 
 
Following days on Country, Elders and Custodians accompany local First Nations poets to support students to create poetry and art incorporating local language. Poems explore the land, threatened species and significance of Country to community. Poetry from these workshops will be published within community and beyond, in unusual and highly visible ways as well as performed to raise awareness of language and conservation programs.

Partners and Supporters

PIFL 2020 is generously supported by many partners including Australia Council for the Arts, AECG, Ades Foundation, Create NSW, Graeme Wood Foundation, Nelson Meers Foundation, Miromaa, Oranges & Sardines Foundation and Reconciliation Australia.
 
PIFL South East on Gundungurra, Yuin and Jerrinja Countries is delivered with the support of our dedicated partners, AECG, AIME, Bundanon Trust, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Eurobodalla Shire Council and Wingecarribee Shire Council.