Gija is a language spoken by people in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

 

Gija people have been using, protecting and nourishing their language throughout deep time and into the present.

 

But because of colonisation and pressure to speak English, Elders are worried Gija will not be spoken when they are gone.

 

 

Our Elders worry that our language will not be spoken within a generation.

yoowoorriyangem jarragboo

our story

This site shares our stories, struggles and successes as we do  everything we can to keep Gija alive and make it strong.

For a long time our Elders have been working with the schools, youth program, art and aged care centres to teach younger people. They use their knowledge of Gija culture, language and healing to improve education, health and wellbeing in their community. We know that teaching on our Country and in our way will grow, heal, protect and nourish our young people and our land.

To help keep Gija teaching and learning happening  into the future, funding is vital.

Please support us.

“I’ve got a story for my mother’s side… brings me back to my Mum’s place. My own proper place. Like I was saying – if I don’t know story, I’m nobody."

Ralph Juli, Gija leader