Gija is classified as a critically endangered language as its only fluent speakers are the community’s grandparents and great-grandparents. This program brings senior Gija language experts with adults between the ages of 18 and 50 in a regular, intensive program of speaking and writing. Weekly lessons form the nucleus of a community wide effort in Warmun to document, maintain and revitalise Gija language. This is achieved by supporting and valuing the expertise of older people, and building the confidence and linguistic skills of younger generations.
The activities include:
* Weekly intensive Gija language speaking and writing activities led by elders for younger adults
* Trips to country that enable senior speakers to pass on Gija song, story and oral language practices
* The collaborative development of culturally appropriate language teaching and maintenance methods and techniques
* The creation of language teaching resources using video and new media
Language Classes are supported by Ground Up Community Support Network