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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 15 August, Bundanon Trust Writer in Residence, Kirli Saunders took students from Jervis Bay School through the new resource, specific to Yuin Country. Kirli worked alongside local Gumea Dharawal language custodians Jacob Morris and Adrian Webster. Students were connected to First Nations Poets and Custodians on Country, strengthening the connection to Country, language and community to empower students to feel pride in their cultural identities.

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 Yuin Country, PIFL is also supported by Bundanon Trust, Participants in the Australia Council’s 2018 Arts Leaders Program and the Graeme Wood Foundation.

Read the poems here

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