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Decade of Indigenous Languages kicks off in Paris – New West Record

by ahnationtalk on December 19, 202216 Views

“I know that (children) live in a time where the colonizer’s language is so dominant in everything we do. It’s a real challenge for our young people to not just learn, but to use our languages,” says Dr. Lorna Wánosts’a7 Williams

Dr. Lorna Wánosts’a7 Williams (Lil̓wat7úl) is at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, celebrating the formal launch of the UN International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032. A global task force is mobilizing coordinated and immediate action to implement the Decade’s Global Action Plan.

“As Indigenous people, we’ve been isolated and invisible for so long. So it’s really good to meet people who are facing similar challenges, and hearing the stories of how people have defied everything that has been thrown at them in the destruction of our languages,” said Williams.

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