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AUSLANG provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) languages. Information includes: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AISTSIS) referenced name for language; Number of speakers (estimate from National Indigenous Languages Survey, 2005); and Geographical distribution across Australia powered by Google maps. This resource represents the diversity and complexity of ATSI languages, consistent with criteria established by the Government of South Australia Department for Education and Child Development for the evaluation of ATSI resources. The site makes reference to the inaccuracy and misleading nature of the umbrella term ‘Aboriginal language’ which fails to acknowledge the approximately 250 diverse Indigenous languages that existed at the time of European arrival (Government of South Australia Department for Education and Child Development, 2013). This resource is essential to learning and professional development and should encourage further teaching and learning embedded with ATSI perspective. For example, exploration of ATSI language groups location within the school area. The connection of learning and knowing to people and place are two central processes in the eight-way framework, a relational aboriginal pedagogy (Yunkaporta & Kirby, 2011). Teachers can both include and pay respects to ATSI perspectives through the exploration of ATSI resources using aboriginal pedagogies like the eight-way framework (Yunkaporta & Kirby, 2011).