Indigenous Languages

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...

Welsh Speakers Urged to Create Digital Recordings

Welsh speakers worldwide are being asked to help safeguard the future of the Welsh language by recording their voices using Common Voice, an initiative...

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...

Japan Recognizes Ainu

Hokkaido, home to the last speakers of Ainu The Japanese government has endorsed a bill to officially recognize the Ainu ethnic minority as an...

Celebrate UN’s Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Language is focus of this year's event Guterres was welcomed to New Zealand with a traditional Maori ceremony in May. photo: UN/Mark Garten UN Secretary...

Yolngu Album Tops Australian Charts

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has made history by becoming the first artist to top the Australian ARIA charts while singing in an indigenous language, just weeks after his death. The late singer-songwriter, who was born blind,...

Mix of Japanese-Indigenous Languages Survives in Taiwan

In the town of Hanhsi in the northeastern mountains here, where many of the Atayal indigenous people reside, a language resembling Japanese -- "Yilan Creole" -- can be heard being spoken. According to remaining records...

New OAS Ambassador for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Venezuelan activist, actress, and model Patricia Velásquez has been designated as the Organization of American States (OAS) Goodwill Ambassador for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of...

Official Launch of International Year of Indigenous Languages

Photo Courtesy IYIL The official launch of the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL), co-organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United...

New Zealand University Launches Indigenous & Māori Exchange Program

A new program has been launched at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, to increase the number of indigenous students studying abroad and to connect them with members of first nations in...