Festival on Indigenous Languages

The Endangered Languages Project celebrates the start of the UN International Decade of Indigenous Languages with the Festival of Indigenous Languages, which brings together people working in language revitalization around the world, to share their goals and hopes for the upcoming Decade. The Festival runs from January 14-23, completely online, and completely free. All are welcome – please feel free to invite colleagues, friends, and community members who are interested…

Statement by Linguapax International in defence of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages, INALI, of Mexico

In this incipient 2022, the Mexican presidency has announced the dissolution of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages, INALI, the body responsible for the defence and promotion of the linguistic rights of speech communities in Mexico, created in 2003 with the aim of giving rigorous academic treatment to the preservation of the more than 60 ethno-linguistic families of the country. Such an announcement comes as a surprise in the opening…

2021 Linguapax Award Presentation and Colloquium on Local Languages and Multilingualism

The 2021 Linguapax International Award ceremony will take place on 21 December and will be followed by a colloquium on “Promotion of Local Languages and Multilingualism”. The event will be opened by the president of the Institute of Catalan Studies, Teresa Cabré, the Minister of External Action and Open Government, Victòria Alsina, and the president of Linguapax, Mònica Pereña. Hamza Ali Rajà, intercultural mediator, working for the City Council of…

Linguistic (un)justice in Peru: Bellido’s Quechua speech and the linguistic violence towards indigenous language-speaking communities

Our collaborator Miryam Yataco, sociolinguist, educator and activist on linguistic rights, and member of Linguapax Latin America, denounces in this text the linguistic violence suffered by former Prime Minister Guido Bellido, as a result of his speech in Runasimi language (Quechua) at the Peruvian Congress. The violent reaction of congressional members exemplifies the continuing colonial attitude in the Spanish-speaking sectors of Peru, to which Quechua and other indigenous languages-speaking communities…

Round Table “Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032”

The Accompanying Group to the Endangered Languages GALA-Linguapax participated to the Round Table “Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032” in the framework of the National Indigenous Languages Fair organized by the National Institute of Indigenous Languages (INALI), to discuss actions and recommendations for the launch of the Decade and assess the mexican policies towards indigenous languages. The development of the conversation was very positive, reiterating the need for…

Linguapax’ collaborations with the Faberllull Residency on Linguistic Rights

In the framework of the II Faberllull Residence on Linguistic Rights, Linguapax organised two events in which the residents encountered other language activists and language passionate people from Catalonia and other parts of the world. Worlds with words The first of these events was a conversation between researchers, activists, speakers and learners of minority languages, in which they shared their experiences, reflections and emotions linked to their languages. Sonia Antinori…

Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi is awarded the 2021 Linguapax International Award

It has not been easy for the Linguapax International Award Jury to select the winner among several nominations of individuals, teams and organizations from different parts of the world working hard to preserve and promote endangered languages, multilingualism, linguistic rights and linguistic diversity. Finally, the jury elected Idara Baraye Taleem-o-Taraqi, aka IBT, a Torwali organization based in the Swat district of Pakistan, whose mission is to transform the marginalized ethnic…

Josep Lo Bianco is awarded the Ramon Llull International Prize for Catalanism and Cultural Diversity

Linguistic diversity and peace, the basic aims of Linguapax, to which our organization owes its name, are also the working axes of an international reference in linguistic policy and conflict resolution, Joseph Lo Bianco, a member of our Advisory Board, expert of Catalan society and culture and teacher of the MOOC Linguistic Diversity, What for?. The Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and…

UNESCO Side event “Language Matters for Development, Peace, and Reconciliation: The Case for Least Developed Countries”

The United Nations General Assembly has recognized and reaffirmed linguistic diversity and multilingualism as priority areas for the international community, with the proclamation of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 and more recently that of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages IDIL 2022-2032. UNESCO has been appointed to develop, in cooperation with a wide range of partners, including Linguapax International, a Global Action Plan for Making a Decade of…

Arrèxini, the first festival on Sardinian culture and language

The title of the event represents roots, which connect one to the land and have a number of functions. During the festival there will be debates on important issues such as the question of the history of Sardinia in school curricula, the role of Sard in society and in the public administration, the decolonisation of thought, and research in Sardinia with “Filosofia de Logu”. The programme also includes book presentations…