The New South Wales Government has announced plans to legislate to protect and revitalise Aboriginal languages.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams said Indigenous languages were a “unique and valuable part of our heritage” and legislation could benefit the community.

“We know that the Aboriginal Protection Board removed Aboriginal children from their families for speaking Aboriginal language,” she said.

“Consequently, mothers could not pass on their language to their children, fathers could not teach their children language and grandparents could not talk to their grandchildren in language.

“If legislation can so effectively take away Aboriginal language, so too it can restore and revive Aboriginal language.

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