Did you know that 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages? The year of celebration was declared as an initiative by the United Nations, as eloquently described on the IYIL Website (https://en.iyil2019.org/about/): “…In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, based on a recommendation by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues….At the time, the Forum said that 40 per cent of the estimated 6,700 languages spoken around the world were in danger of disappearing. The fact that most of these are indigenous languages puts the cultures and knowledge systems to which they belong at risk… Celebrating IYIL2019 will help promote and protect indigenous languages and improve the lives of those who speak them…”
Have you checked out our colourful display on the main floor of Archer Library? The display showcases numerous beautiful infographics from the IYIL website, as well as a wonderful sampling of books available for borrowing from Archer Library. Whether you’re interested in learning a particular language or reading about global issues for Indigenous languages, the library is a great place to start!
Photo credits: https://en.iyil2019.org/ (above) and the Archer Library staff (below).