Strengthening Support for Indigenous Culture

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The Australian Government has strengthened support for Indigenous culture by streamlining the funding process and launching a new Indigenous Repatriation Policy, Arts Minister Simon Crean announced today.

Speaking in Perth, Mr Crean said the competitive funding round of $28.3 million for Indigenous culture, languages and visual arts will open this week.

"It will make it easier for artists and organisations to access these funds which currently support nearly three hundred Indigenous projects throughout Australia," Mr Crean said.

In the latest round, the names of the Indigenous culture, languages and visual arts funding streams have changed to better reflect the purpose of the funding. The Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records (MILR) program is now called Indigenous Languages Support (ILS) and the National Arts and Crafts Industry Support (NACIS) program is now called Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS). Indigenous Culture Support (ICS) will retain its current name.

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