Indigenous language linked to drop in drug abuse
ABC News (Australia), 29 April 2011

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the results from its fourth study into the wellbeing of Indigenous children and young people. It focuses on language and how it affects wellbeing. The report found in 2008 almost half of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s in remote areas between the ages of 15 to 24 spoke an Indigenous language. It found they were less likely to participate in high-risk drinking and drug use than young people who did not speak a traditional language. But the report also shows a drop in the total number of young people who can speak an Indigenous language. Read the article … Read the Australian Bureau of Statistics press release, 29 April 2011 …