Indigenous

2019: International Year of Indigenous Languages

Last month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the rights of indigenous peoples, stressing the urgent need to preserve, promote and revitalize endangered languages, and proclaimed 2019 as the International...

Revitalization Efforts for Arapaho Language

Professor Andrew Cowell and doctoral student Irina Wagner of University of Colorado, Boulder have launched a new website in hopes of keeping the Arapaho language alive. The website was created in conjunction with the...

2019: International Year of Indigenous Languages

Last month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the rights of indigenous peoples, stressing the urgent need to preserve, promote and revitalize endangered languages, and proclaimed 2019 as the International...

2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages IY2019

The United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to help preserve indigenous languages and safeguard the rights of those who speak them. According to the IY2019 website, “Languages play a...

Canadian MP Honors Indigenous Natives, Gives Speech in Mohawk

Marc Miller, a Quebec member of parliament, addressed the House of Commons in Kanien’kéha, the language of the Mohawk tribe. This marks the first...

Preserving Endangered Poetry

To mark National Poetry Day, the UK’s National Poetry Library launched a project to collect and preserve poems in endangered languages. Via an international...

Taiwan to Offer Mother-Tongue K–12 Education

Taiwan’s government has approved a national language-development bill to protect linguistic diversity, which requires national language courses throughout preschool, elementary, and high school education. At the moment, mother-tongue education is only mandatory in elementary schools,...

Hear Indigenous Languages through Google Earth

A new project titled Celebrating Indigenous Languages aims to raise awareness and preservation efforts for Indigenous languages. The project can be found...

Government of Canada announces support for the preservation of Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan

Indigenous languages are a core part of both Canada's cultural identity and Indigenous identity. The Government of Canada is committed to reversing the decline of Indigenous languages by working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities to keep...

Acoma Pueblo Launches Project to Save Language

Nearly two dozen of the approximately 100 last remaining speakers of the Acoma Keres language have answered the call for a new project designed...