Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Is a Not-For-Profit charity which respects the unique place of Australia's first people and draws on the expertise of the Australian book industry.
EQUALITY & OPPORTUNITY whilst Instilling the love of reading at an early age
in very remote Indigenous communities, books are all too scarce and literacy levels are so much lower than anywhere else in Australia.
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE to the lives of Indigenous families by not only gifting thousands of new culturally appropriate books – with a focus on early literacy and first language - but also by running programs to inspire the communities to tell and publish their own stories.
Working in over 400 remote communities.
A national book industry charity dedicated to lifting literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities, so all children across Australia have the same choices and opportunities.
Through their Community Literacy Projects, ILF has been able to work with and publish books in many Aboriginal languages: traditional languages, vibrant languages, sleeping languages and new languages, from Walmajarri in the Kimberley region to Arabana in South Australia, to Kriol in the Katherine region.
“Many of us take it for granted that our first experience with books will be in the language we speak. But this is not the everyday experience for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who speak Indigenous languages, traditional languages or a ‘new’ language like Kriol.”
— Denise Angelo, linguist/literacy consultant on Binjari Buk series, Australian National University
“I would like to thank the ILF for helping us to make the book in Walmajarri because it’s very important to us and for our kids to have English and Walmajarri.”
– Jessie Moora, Walmajarri Elder and Teacher, Yakanarra Community School
Banksia Cosmetics is proud and honoured to be part of closing the gap, we thank you for your support by purchasing our products and donating to the ILF.
A little can go a long way!
TRUE TO NATURE, TRUE TO YOU