Indigenous Languages

Canadian Survey Reveals Youth Indigenous Language Loss

Statistics Canada has released the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey this month, and it sheds lights on Aboriginal language and culture across the country. The study revealed that young people were far less likely to...

Japan Recognizes Ainu

The Japanese government has endorsed a bill to officially recognize the Ainu ethnic minority as an indigenous people of Japan for the first time and calls for “the creation of a society in which they can...

Reclaiming Wôpanâak Language

Kuweeqâhsunumun. Y8 kutapuneân tâpatôtamuneâtkah pâhk8ânâtkumeenawânutam8ôkanunônash. *Part of the morning address at the Weetumuw Katnuhtôhtâkamuq School. In the United States, Native American Heritage Month is celebrated in November. For this article, the preferred term, Indigenous People will be used....

New Zealand Pacific Language Teachers Appeal After Funding Cut

The New Zealand government has released a new 10-year Pacific education action plan which details the future of Pacific language education in the country, "Supporting Pacific Success- Action Plan for Pacific Education 2020-2030." The...

Russia Launches Project to Preserve Languages

The Federal Institute of Native Languages of the Peoples of the Russian Federation has announced an initiative to develop educational materials and revitalize indigenous languages in the Siberian republic of Yakutia, many of which...

Hawaiian Flying High

Cultural Milestone of Hawai'i Hawaiian Airlines has marked an important cultural milestone as Hawai‘i’s airline by establishing an ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) certification program for employees. Launched to coincide with ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i Month, the certification...

Comprehensive Study Predicts Loss of 1,500 Languages

A comprehensive study warns that 1,500 endangered languages could no longer be spoken by the end of this century. Published in Nature Ecology and Evolution (www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01604-y), the study, led by the Australian National University...

Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit’s Annual Language Award Seeking Nominations

An important part of Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit’s work an award program to recognize outstanding achievement by an organization, groups and/or individuals who are contributing to the development, promotion or protection of the Inuit Language. The...

Indigenous Children the Focus in New Animated Series

Australia’s National Indigenous Television channel (NITV) has launched a new animated series that brings Indigenous issues to the forefront in a novel way for children by having the main characters be Indigenous siblings. NITV...

Indigenous Taiwanese Languages Now Available on Wikipedia

The overwhelming majority of the world’s languages have a very small presence on the Internet—just 35 languages make up about 99% of the content on the web. In the interest of embracing the island’s...
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