Languages play a critical role in the daily lives of people, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory. But despite their immense value, languages around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate. With this in mind, the United Nations declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) in order to raise awareness of them, not only to benefit the people who speak these languages, but also for others to appreciate the important contribution they make to our world’s rich cultural diversity. To find out more check out their website here.
In order to celebrate and to acknowledge Indigenous Language events happening in libraries and archives across Canada, the Canadian Federation of Library Associations Indigenous Matters Committee (CFLA-FCAB IMC) is encouraging library and archives staff to submit their events and share resources on the UNESCO portal. This resource is meant as a guide on how these resources and events to the appropriate portal, as well as how to sign up for a UNESCO IYIL2019 Account.