Indigenous

Scholar Self-Immolates Over Language Extinction

An academic activist, Albert Razin, died in Russia after setting himself on fire in a political protest about government policy surrounding his native Udmurt language. According to...

Programs will help preserve Native languages, strengthen Native communities

As part of his ongoing efforts to help preserve Native languages, U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently secured grants worth over half a million dollars. The grants, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services,...

UN Proclaims International Decade of Indigenous Languages

The UN General Assembly last month proclaimed 2022–2032 the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, inviting Indigenous peoples—as custodians— to initiate ideas for preserving this endangered facet of...

ALNF Living First Language Platform Wins at SXSW

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) won an award at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards in Austin, Texas in the Innovation in Connecting People...

Students Create Music Video “Dreamchild” in French, English and Mowhawk

A new video created by students at St. Willibrord School in Châteauguay, Que, near Kahnawake Mohawk territory has been making the rounds online, and...

Multilingual Focus for UN Literacy Day

"about 40% of the world’s population does not have access to education in a language they speak or understand" Audrey Azoulay, director-general of UNESCO...

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...

PhD Student Makes History as First to Defend Thesis in Quechua

A doctoral student in Peru, Roxana Quispe Collantes, is the first to write and defend a thesis in Quechua. The indigenous language, which boasts over eight million...

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...

Māori People Find Representation in Moana

A new translation of the Disney film Moana has been released in New Zealand. The film was translated by New Zealand native who worked on the original...